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As I sat and listened to one of our senior Pastors talk about the coming year I was encouraged when he said these words, "To remain healthy, you have to be your number 1 priority." That sounded so self-centered at first but honestly they are honest words for the New Year.
Often our goals at the beginning of the year focus on the things we want to accomplish. We make lists of ministry or vocational opportunities, ideas for our families, and even spiritual goals. What we often miss is the toll these goals will take on us if we don't have our priorities straight. It's much like the oxygen mask in the airplane isn't it?
We must take care of ourselves first before we can be of benefit to others around us.
If I am tired, sluggish and not feeling well or in a good emotional state; I will miss opportunities to love on others every time. If I don't set boundaries and limits on my self I will miss opportunities to feed into those who are most important to me, my family. If I spend more time at church or work or volunteering or whatever I feel called to do and miss out on family meals and activities with my children...
One of my favorite Scriptures in the entire Bible is Proverbs 3:6. You're probably very familiar with verse 5, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding." But it's in verse 6 God always seems to catch my attention.
It says "In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your path straight." (NIV) In all your ways. I always seem to stop there and ask myself "Am I acknowledging Him, noticing Him and aware of Him enough of the time in my life? Most of the time, my honest answer is "No, I'm not." Then it's followed with a prayer of "Help me acknowledge you God...