Understanding What Really Matters
Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.
We do make better decisions and make wise choices when we have all the facts. For example, no judge and jury convict without all the facts being given. The most important fact is that life is short. We all have a limited number of days to live. When we carefully consider how short life is and how quickly it flies by, we should behave like that is true; there is no time to waste on unwise living.
Something God has put on my heart in the past few months relates to this passage. What I think is important isn’t really important, and what I think isn’t important actually is. The Apostle Paul says it like this: I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. (Philippians 1:9-10)
I can easily get talked into all kinds of activities that are good and purposeful for the community, but life is short. If my kids are growing and changing with every blink of my eyes, then isn’t sitting on the couch reading to Ben actually more important than cluttering my schedule (even if it’s a schedule full of worthwhile activities)?
Living each day by appreciating how limited my days are affects my priorities and behavior. I ask God to show me what actually is important and pursue that. And seeking godly priorities and behaviors is wisdom.
Thank you for giving us all the facts so that we can be wise. Help me to understand what really matters today and each day. Thank you for your Word and your Holy Spirit to guide me. Help me to disciple my kids properly and enjoy my family. Help me not to worry about what other people are doing but to work diligently with my own hands today. I love you and thank you and pray for your wisdom to influence my life today. And I thank you and pray in Jesus’ name, amen.