Around the middle of August every year, I get a growing sense of expectation. Summer is awesome (it’s BY FAR my favourite season), but there is something to be said for getting back into some of the regular rhythms and routines that September naturally brings. It is an opportunity to hit the reset button on the year, 2/3 of the way through. What a deal!
Never Too Late to Make a Change
So if 2019 hasn’t been all that you had hoped, or if you really need to bear down to make some changes in your personal life, now is the time to do it.
However, if you are going to make positive changes, makes sure your priority is Jesus. Often we fill up our schedules with appointments, work tasks, driving the kids to any number of sports, music or art-related commitments. Once we fill up our schedules we may wonder if we can squeeze in just one more thing…like church on Sundays, or joining a small group Bible Study. Often we just can’t squeeze it in, so we tell ourselves, “It will be different in January.”
It won’t be.
Not unless you prioritize. And priority means “first concern” or “most important.” Is a growing relationship with Jesus most important for you? If you answer yes, is there any proof of that in your schedule? If not, why isn’t it your priority? Do you think it is unimportant or irrelevant, or perhaps a nice extra, but not the main thing?
We all have things we must do. Make money, put food on the table, pay bills, develop relationships…and the list could go on forever. Jesus knows all that we have to do, but he also knows what we MUST do to get it accomplished in the right order.
The Right Order
In Matthew 6:33 Jesus outlined the number of things that we can spend ourselves chasing and worrying about. His solution? “…seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Look to God first and all of the other stuff will fall into line.
This may seem too simple, but I’ve found in my own life that when my relationship with Jesus is growing and developing, so many other areas flourish. I am more patient and loving, and often far more focused with my time and energy. Starting the day reading the Bible and praying centres me in on what is really important, and keeps me from chasing after the wind.
This fall at North Pointe we have many different options to help you build your relationship with Jesus, either by attending a class or serving others. Make sure to include your spiritual life in the plans you make for September. It starts with a click to the North Pointe website…here.
Now enjoy the rest of your summer!