I have had a lot of choices to make this past week. Following are just a few:
Do I stay home with my husband and help him get caught up with chores and a mountain of office work around the house over the weekend? Or do I leave and give a short sharing I was invited to give at a friend’s church? While short, it would require preparation, and preparation takes me a lot of time!
Do I attend my daughter’s birthday party? Or do I keep another commitment that is out of town? Is going out of town so important that I take the next step towards craziness, and actually try to do both?
Friends are coming from out of town next week. Do I spend time with them? Or do I help a family member to whom I made a commitment before I knew they were coming?
How will I avoid feeling good about what I accomplish, and guilty about that which I do not?
All of these questions caused me to remember the order of God’s priorities.
God. Family. Work.
Walking and talking with God and spending time with Him. As much as I am able, keeping my thoughts, deeds and heart in ways that are pleasing to Him.
With God’s help, loving family in the way that I am loved by Jesus. Placing their needs above my own desires.
Remembering that work is not to take precedence over my relationship with God or with the people that I love.
Under that backdrop I presented each of my choices to The Lord, and I prayed until I had peace. The result?
I stayed home with my husband and helped him accomplish what was too much for one person to do.
I attended our daughter’s birthday, and fancy that; my other commitment was canceled!
I kept my commitment to my family member. I will see our friends the next time they come.
In the end, I didn’t feel guilty. With prayer and peace as my markers, I knew I was doing the right things.
“Lord help me to remember to consult with You in decisions that are big and small. Today I decide to trust You to show me what is best in all of my choices.”
James 1:5 (NKJV)
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Isaiah 30:21 (KJV) And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
Isaiah 26:3 (KJV) Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.