The New Year is here and I am sure the majority has made a new years resolution. Some may say lose weight, some may say spend more time in a certain area of their life. Some may say have a more balanced life and some may say spend more time in prayer or in God’s word. Whatever it is, do we ever sit down to think what exactly it is going to take for us to accomplish that goal? Now, I don’t mean that if you want to lose weight you say, “Well, I am going to have to eat healthier.” I am saying you sit down and really think about how much more effort, time and sacrifices you are going to have to make to achieve this.
I am reading a book called the Resolution of Women (awesome by the way) and one of the chapter’s talks about balance. This has really hit my heart hard this week. We think that balance is when everything in our life is equally filled with our time and energy that we put in. In reality though, we achieve balance through considering prayerfully, God’s priorities for us while pushing some priorities to the front and pushing the other ones far behind. There is the answer to living a balanced life! Pray about what God wants you to focus on and put your time and energy there while pushing the others to the background.
So many times my priorities are completely out of whack. I spend so much time on the field and thinking about softball and I push God to the back. So many times I spend more time with school and studying and I push God to the back. So many times I spend more of my free time with my friends and push God to the back. So many times God is being pushed in the background, and my daily life hassles are being pushed to the front. This is where my priorities are completely off. Matthew 6:33 says to “Seek first the Kingdom of God, and ALL things will be added to you.” I have such a hard time understanding this verse because it’s hard to think that if I seek God’s word before acting on the things I think are right, that all things should be given to me.
Looking back at my life though, it is so true! When God really laid on my heart to start Christmas 1:27, I kind of went into a panic because it was during dead week and finals week of school (clear example of my priority). I was in one of my hardest and busiest semesters and God wants me to start a foundation and raise money in two weeks? I eventually surrendered to God and I spent a lot of my time in prayer about this whole thing. We were blessed more than we asked, and I was able to focus more on God and also accomplish exactly what I needed to for school. Through this, I was stuck on the verse “Work as though you were working for the Lord.” I was lucky enough that God chose me to do this, but I had to put my full trust that He would prevail, and that’s exactly what He did.
I challenge you this new year to really pray about what God wants your priorities to be this year and push those to the front while pushing the others to the back. It may be priorities that have been pushed behind for many years, but guys, trust what God is doing and work wholeheartedly at them. I am praying that God will speak clear to you all, and that you will all trust God’s promises. If you have any prayer request, I know that Dot and Bob (Directors of FCA softball), your FCA family and I would love to pray for you guys! Have a happy and blessed New Year!
Tue, January 1, 2013
by Bob Pinto