Sunday, July 10, 2011

Are You Too Connected?

Exodus 20:3  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Deuteronomy 6:14  Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you;

Col 3:23  And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

OK.  I’m done.  that’s my whole thought in a nutshell.  Seriously, what’s said in those verses applies to a lot of things.  What made me think about this is my own connections.  I’m on Facebook, have multiple Twitter accounts, am part of a Whatsapp group, I’m in several Blackberry Messaging groups (admin for two), I’ve just joined (by invitation) Google+, I talk to people on the phone both for my job and my ministry functions, plus whatever connections occur in person.  When I think about it, I just say, “Wow!”  But something has to give.


It really doesn’t matter whether I’m thinking about spiritual things or “practical matters”, one of the very first things that has to come into perspective is that I’m finite, limited, my capacity has boundaries.  I can only do so much at one time.  If I’m focusing on financial problems and family issues, my focus isn’t on God.  If I’m concerned about how many followers I have on Twitter, I just might not be paying enough attention to the real people in my life.  If I’m checking out my Facebook page at work, I can’t be fully focused on the tasks my boss is paying me to do.  See my point?

I’m not God, so I can’t be all seeing, all knowing, do everything perfectly.  And I have to continually remember and monitor that.  Because my limitations require that I prioritize the things I do or can do.  Whether it’s God, a spouse, someone who needs personal counseling, or a job my boss has given me to do (expecting certain results), I have to give them my full attention and leave other things for some other time.  That last verse at the top of this post speaks to that need.  We not only need to prioritize, but be aware of why we give each thing in our life a set priority at any given time.

My “life verse”, if you will, is Matthew 6:33.  It says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”  The spiritual aspects are pretty clear.  But it’s a great lesson in everyday living, as well.  It points to the fact that if we focus on the right things, the rest will fit in where it needs to.  I think about that verse often to remind me to focus.  What do you do to keep your priorities properly lined up?

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One of my electronic friends, Denise, just had her mom pass away. Her passing wasn't unexpected, but even then it can be hard on the family.  So, pray for Denise and her family.  And we're still praying for Dana and her family, Scott, Russ, Columbia, Jimmy and Betty, Mindy, Curtis, Peggy, Joyce, myself, and Libby.  And any of those special people God has put on your heart to consider in prayer?


2 comments:

  1. Bill, I've just found your blog through XploreMyFaith page on Facebook. Thank you for sharing the words and truths God puts in your heart and mind! What a blessing to be connected to the Source of life and truth!..

    We have started our own blog a while back when my husband lost his work in 2009. Although challenged, we also found ourselves blessed as we had more time for God and our family. Now Illya (my husband) has an office job but he still blogs once in while at osnova.com.

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  2. Oksana, thanks for the edifying comments. God has blessed me, here. I'd love to read your husband's blog. What's the web address?

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