This weekend I was challenged to re-assess were I have been putting the lion-share of my time and effort. My wife and I visited Lifeline Church this weekend and the preacher spoke on what it means to be a Christian. The basic message was that, yes it’s important to receive salvation, but once you do doesn’t mean you just fold your hands and do nothing while you wait for either God to come back, or you die.
Matthew 6:33 says “Seek first the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” So what does that mean, first thing in the morning, first thing after you have 10 cups of coffee and your morning dump? Or if you’re like me, does it mean you talk to God at the end of the day just before bed, when you’re too tired to really do anything or pay attention.
I spend so much of my day chasing after pursuits that really mean nothing. It really doesn’t matter in the long run if I get an extra hour of overtime, or 10 likes on my latest Instagram post, or a new PR on my backsquat. In 5 years, none of that will matter.
So what should I be spending my time on? How should I know, I’m only been on this planet for 28 years. I’m still stressing out on whether or not we can make it to the gym, or if my macros are just right, or if I’m reaching the right audience with my posts. I’m still making it up as I go along but I have some ideas of things that I’ll be glad I pursued 5 years from now.
- Building a relationship with God. I feel bad that I have to even say this out loud, and most of the time, this is far from my #1. As I get older, and get more “tools” in my life toolbox, I feel like I can tell God “I got this, I’ll fix my own problems.” When I’m fairly sure that’s the last strategy he wants us to use.
- Building a relationship with my Wife. This is a real world pursuit that I really can say I try to put first. It wouldn’t matter how much money I can stuff into my bank account, or how many pull-ups I can string together if I didn’t have my wife to share it all with. She really is the most important thing in my life.
- Re-building my relationship with my Parents. This is a tough one to admit. I haven’t had the best relationship with my parents since college. Most of if comes from my end. When I lived with them, it didn’t take any effort to spend time with them because, I lived in the same house. We just happened to be around each other all the time. Now, we live in separate houses and it seems to be my personal hobby to fill up my schedule as much as possible. The sad reality is, my parents are getting older and someday I’ll wish I had answered my mom’s 1oth text message.
- Time with Friends. So I’ve been out of highschool for almost 10 years, and I don’t see most of the people I graduated with, but I do have a few close friends I see regularly. These are guys I could call in the middle of the night for any reason and they would come running. Some of the best times of my life has been hanging out with these guys. Time invested in our relationship is well spent.
That’s it, that’s the 4 most important pursuits my little 28 year old brain can come up with. I’m not saying you need to quit your job in pursuit of these things only, but aside from keeping your finances in order, I truly believe these are some of the most important, and most rewarding things to concern yourself with.
So what are your 4 just causes? I’d love to hear about them.