Last post I spoke about setting goals for the New year and making sure that they align with what God wants in our lives. Before I get to those, I must set the right foundation…
““2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.””
Psalm 18 verse 2 NASB*
“People tend to go off the deep end because their lives are not God balanced and their foundation is not on Jesus, The Rock.”
I can’t write everything I want to write about this in one post but will do my best to break it up so that it makes sense.
~~First off, I am by no means an expert on the subject. But I do have an advantage over most people. God in His infinite wisdom has brought me through some reinventions. What I mean by this is that I have for reasons only God knows, had to reinvent myself every decade or so.
“Well Oscar, isn’t that a type of mid-life crises of some sort?” You may ask.
One, I wish it were that simple. These changes were providential. In other words, I did not look for them, they came to me.
~ Two, a mid-life crisis occurs when someone has lost sight of what is significant in their life. I knew at 20 years of age and still to do this day, what is essential in my life. My priority is always seeking and waiting for God. This may not have happened regularly, but even when I knew little of God, not that I’m an expert, I always knew that He was the guiding force behind my life and my welfare.
~ Three, my wife plays second fiddle only to my Lord and Savior Jesus. She is and will always remain an integral part of my life. I have and will eternally be connected to that woman in sickness and in health, in poverty and wealth, until either one of us gets to go home ahead of the other.
~ Fourth priority is my kids and their kids. They will come before ministry and other family members.
~ My fifth priority would be my work and then my friends/ ministry. I have these as tied because I have found that my friends run the same race as I do and therefore fellowship and ministry go hand in hand. I notice that when we put a church building ahead of people, those in ministry tend to get out of whack in their priorities. Never ever place a church building or institution higher than those that are maintaining and feeding the people, which is the actual church.
It sounds hard to fathom that these have been my life pillars for such a long time. But I have found them to help me through tough and stressful times and during those times that God calls me out of one workplace or ministry into another.
All the times the Lord has reinvented my walk have always been to continue my spiritual maturity. Some people are so afraid of moving forward, that they miss the blessing of what God is trying to teach them while in the desert where everything seems dry and barren. Yet when God has moved me into these dry wilderness times, my destination appears to give me more profound gratitude when I do enter into a land flowing with milk and honey…
How to pray and ask for your life priorities