All the news, all the commercials, everywhere I turn people are talking about the Super Bowl. If it isn’t the Super Bowl, it’s the Olympics. I could care less! Okay, call me crazy but I have more important things to think about, like how the heck did I get this old!?
I had an epiphany last year. My birthday came and one day I was 67 and the next I was 69. I grabbed my calculator only to learn that somehow I had skipped a birthday. I frantically called my friend screaming, “I must have Alzeimer’s! Get me to a doctor quick!” This only happened once before when my husband was dying. I’ve snatched up my calculator, big sigh, I’m turning 70. Now what?
I’ve thought about the things in my past, the jobs I’ve had, the people I’ve met, the investments I’ve made, and the places I’ve been. I look around my home and see dust covered trinkets, I gaze out my window and wonder if I’ll be able to lift the concrete blocks I have stacked to build a retaining wall. I wonder what is my priorities. My thoughts turn to, “I can’t take any of this to heaven with me so why am I doing all this?”
Scripture says that we are in this world but not of this world. So why am I bothering with all the “stuff?” Because I am in this world! I need stuff! I need to have a car, an income, friends, a bed and furniture. But am I to focus and love the things of the world? No!
My priority, according to scripture, is to love the Lord with all my heart, strength, and soul. I’m to love my neighbors as myself, and my focus is to be on eternal things, not worldly things. Looking at all the stuff and perusing the long road of memories can I say I have done that? Not all the time, no. I’ve been guilty of focusing on worldly stuff. Politics is a big one. Will my books sell? Will they speak to the hearts of people? Does anyone even read my blogs?
What is wrong with me!? Why am I focusing on stuff the Lord says to not be anxious about? Okay, because I’m human. Not a good excuse if I’m a believer in Jesus and have asked Him to be my Savior. And I have! Having that pop into my head I can walk away from the window and not be concerned about whether I have strength to pick up a block of cement. I can look at the dust-covered trinkets and know it doesn’t matter if they end up in a yard sale. The memories I can cherish, and the friends that I have I’ll see in heaven if I leave this body today. By the way, I cherish the fact that we’ll get a new body when we leave this one. Hallelujah the blubber is left behind!
I can rejoice that the Lord has given me these years and that in that long journey called life I have touched others, I have made at least a small impact, hopefully, and that I can freely raise my hands in praise and worship to the One who knew me before I was in my mother’s womb. I can sing praises and look to heaven to the One on the throne for I am in His hands and whatever comes my way He will handle.
Now I’ll have a big scoop of ice cream with my cake, thank you very much.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:6-7
Author Sue Cass – “Dawn’s Light” – “Pursuit” – “Laying Down my Net-A Walk of Faith” – “Sacrifices of a Saint” – “Seek My Face.”
Blessings to you. 🙂
Wow, what a nice article. As I have said to others, I saw myself in it. In this case, worrying about unimportant ‘trinkets’ as I think you called them. I had goosebumps reading the Scripture excerpts. Really enjoyed this. I found your blog through the ‘Community Pool.’ Can I suggest that maybe your blog is going the way God wants it to, rather than the direction you want it to? It really spoke to me. 🙂
Oh the blog is going in the direction the Lord wants it. I started to delete “Look at all those candles” and He practically screamed, “No, No, No!” Obviously, I obeyed and left it. Thank you so much for the encouraging comment. I needed it. Blessings to you.
You’re welcome. I needed to read it, I think. God bless you too 🙂