Those who know me well, know I love chipotle. If you didn’t know that, now you do, and it means we’re friends from this moment on. We’re in the middle of a pandemic (obviously) so guess who hasn’t had chipotle for a while? Yes, me. Guess who has had a hard time coping with that? Right! Me again. Now you’re wondering if this blog is going to be all about my chipotle woes … okay so far it has, but I’m going somewhere. With the lack of my chicken burrito bowl (guac on the side) and all this extra time at home, it’s caused me to do some major reflecting on my priorities.
Priorities can shape our life. We must look at what has been most important to us and re-evaluate if we truly are putting the first things first. We don’t want to get to the end of our lives and realize that although we believed our priorities were in line, they were out of sorts all along because we never took the time to evaluate. You can probably see a glimpse of tomorrow by looking into your daily habits today.
Are my priorities, habits, hobbies and entertainment bringing me closer to Jesus, or farther away? This is a thought I’ve been filtering my choices through. Let’s look at social media for example: Our pages, accounts, profiles and feeds are our personal endorsements. The things that we re-post, or like (or whatever else you can do on social media) are the things we are publicly saying “I approve!” What are you endorsing? What has your stamp of approval on it? Does your social media persona agree with your Spirit? If it’s not blessing you, if it’s not edifying you, delete it, unfollow it! Do whatever you have to do!
My goal is to make Jesus known, I want people to see my life and know that Jesus is at the forefront of it. Can they see that through what I’m posting and sharing? Can they see it through what I watch and listen to? Can they see it through how I spend my time? When Jesus is our priority, every part of our life will begin to look like Him.
7 When people’s lives please the Lord, even their enemies are at peace with them.
8 Better to have little, with godliness, than to be rich and dishonest.
I am a big fan of efficiency. I like things to not only run smooth, but in the simplest and most productive way possible. I would love it if my life ran that way! Wouldn’t that be nice? Because I value efficiency, it can be tough for me when “life happens”. You know; the unexpected, the trials, the interruptions. Here we are in one of those times, and I have found myself to have moments of being overly frustrated and it’s caused me to investigate my heart towards obstacles.
10 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
Prioritizing the attitude of my heart is not something I consistently do. And it can be obvious through my response to obstacles. What I've had to learn (repeatedly) is that obstacles are necessary. There is no way to “level up” without going through the level. I can choose to be angry about it, or I can choose to persevere. No matter the difficulty, the battle has already been won, through Jesus! With anything we face, we choose our perspective. Obstacle: In my way or a chance to get stronger?
As I thought through these few things I’ve shared with you, I started to think: “Okay, so now I have all of these things about myself that I have to change.” Was I now choosing to conform to an image I thought I had to fit in to? Trying to become the perfect image of a perfect Christian? Not at all. Consider this thought: I have an iPhone (sorry android users!). The iPhone I hold in my hand today is not at all comparable to the first iPhone ever produced. Every version of the iPhone was revised, and then re-produced but it has always been the iPhone. That is what we as Christians should strive to do, revise our priorities and our attitudes and produce new habits and new ways of thinking that bring us closer to Jesus! Humble yourself before Him and let the Refiner, refine you.
10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
I’m learning now more than ever that spiritual growth never starts “around me” it starts inside me. So, during this time we have in our homes take advantage of the time you have. Don’t let the growth stop! I’m thankful to be able to share my thoughts with you today. Life without chipotle has been tough, but I'm thankful that it has brought me to a place of reflection and ensuring I’m doing all I can to look more like Jesus, every day.