It’s funny how things change when you realize there is not an expiration date on your stay. For most of my life I have moved, switched schools, or graduated from schools. I always approached everything as I am devoted to this but…. don’t get too attached, this isn’t long term, this always changes. This years has been different though. I have realized that I don’t have an expiration date and I could be with my church, work, and the people in my life long term. It’s a weird feeling for someone who even has a blog with the tile “God’s Gypsy” in it. This switch has caused me to evaluate priorities and where they need to be and where God wants them to be.
Luke 12:29-31 says, “And do not seek what you are to eat or what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the World seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.” This has become a verse I used to prioritize in my life. Throughout my life I have seen my family have no money and groceries show up on the steps. I have seen my mom walk miles a week with my sister and I to make sure we received a better education and God provide ways of transportation. I received a car in college when I was taking two buses and standing out in the freezing cold waiting to switch just so I could go to school. When you focus first on GOD and His people and not material things or money, you find that he works things out for your good (although it is okay to dream a littleJ).
This has led to my current priorities in life. First for me is church (GOD at the head of all priorities is always a given of course) and my job in ministry. Are you connected to a group of believers and to God? Hebrews 10:25 says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” One of the commitments I made when I chose to become a member of my church is to not only attend but to serve as well. When you graduate from a social work program, you make a commitment to not only work as a social worker – but to serve others with your degree by volunteering as well. This has led me to be able to use my talents as a leader, passion for women’s ministries, passion for children, and passion for families in both church and the workplace. By doing these things, I have also been able to develop Godly relationships with wonderful people.
Those wonderful people are the second priority in my life. One of the things I learned more recently about myself is I am an “extroverted introvert”. This means that many people assume I just want to hang out with people all the time when in reality I am pretty content to hike and road trip with my just my puppy or one other person. As a matter of fact, for several years of my life I considered being a hermit and thought I could just be a writer and have food delivered to my cabin. Thankfully God showed me that we are meant to connect with other people. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” Proverbs 27:17 says, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”
These verses have shown me that it is important to have those people in your life who build you up and you build them up. I have been blessed, especially recently, with wonderful people who have become lifelong friends. We have a commitment to each other and we stick to that. I have my best friend who lives around 2 hours away but we have a monthly standing commitment to spend at least half a day together. One of my closest friends has become like family and we actually have a “bucket list” of coffee shops in Wisconsin and have committed to spending a couple of hours together each week going on a new adventure. My closest friend in Wisconsin and I have a standing lunch date weekly where we have ended up learning a lot about ourselves and God each week. Of course, I always have the commitment to see or connect with my immediate family at least once a day to check in because commitment to family should always be a top priority. Do you have those relationships with people? Have you forgotten to prioritize those who build you up and those you can build up? Make sure no matter what season in life you are, you prioritize people. Ultimately, God put us on earth for His glory and to introduce others to Him.
Lastly, but most importantly, is God first in your life? Do you prioritize HIM at the top or do you see other things standing in the way? I will be the first to admit that I can sometimes overbook myself and forgot to make time for God. Recently, I have found that with the warmer weather I have had more time for GOD. I connect with God best when I am driving or outside. My daily routine has become turning on my new favorite Christian cd (Hollyn-One Way Conversations) with my headphones in and taking my dog for long walks. I also like to set aside about an hour every night to work through my Bible study, pray, and read my Bible. How do you connect to God? Do you connect to Him every day? John 15:5 says, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” Remember that when God is not the number one priority in your life, the rest of your life tends to fall apart. What are your priorities? Is GOD first on your list?