Romans 8:5-6, "For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace."
Life is crazy!!! I am talking, non-stop, minute after minute, no resting time, straight up crazy! Especially as fast paced go-getter Americans we fill every waking moment with meetings, events, birthdays, parties, gatherings, to do lists and chores! Whether you are striving to have fun, make money, climb the metaphorical ladder or just appear busy, we seem to prioritize things that have no eternal value.
The past 4 weeks have been a personal little tornado for me and I couldn't tell you what all took place even if I tried. What is even worse is that in the busy time my priorities fell to the wayside and I am not proud of it. My prayer time, devotion time and all around quiet time with the Lord has been minimal. I have kept my family as a priority but not as much as I possibly should have. So what has been eating all of my time? Sadly to say, I have been so devoted to work that it has spilled over into my personal life. I am not saying that work is bad, as it is the means of income for my family. But sometimes there is a point where our careers can start to consume us and we spend less time focussing on the real career that God has appointed us to!
What was happening was my mind was still consumed by work even when I was with my family and it was not consumed by the Lord. Being mindful of what is important gets lost in the rigamarole of the day to day but we have the Holy Spirit that can keep us from getting too far off track. Once we are convicted and exhorted by the Holy Spirit about our priorities it is important to listen and then change our pattern. God and our relationship with Him should always come first at any stage of our life. Secondly, our family needs to be set as a priority which will become easier the more time we spend with God. Thirdly, others fall into place as a priority with jobs falling in dead last. It is my prayer for my life that the Lord would help me to departmentalize my career and allow me to leave it at the office where it belongs. It is also my prayer that God would help each and everyone of us to prioritize God first so that we can see growth in our own lives to be able to reach our families and others with the Love of Jesus!