Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Notes of Devotion

Setting Priorities
by Teresa Slack

(Read Haggai 1:2-11)

“You have shown much, and bring in little; You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, earns wages to put them into a bag with holes. Thus says the Lord of Hosts, ‘Consider your ways!’” Haggai 1:6-7

While captive in Babylon, the Israelites cried out to God to let them go home to Jerusalem to worship. Once there, they seemed to forget what God wanted: the rebuilding of the temple. They weren’t doing anything wrong. They were sowing, eating, drinking, and earning wages—things we all must do to survive. Somehow the Israelites were missing God.
Like the Israelites, I sometimes feel unproductive. It seems the more I do, the farther behind I get. Along with what needs done everyday to run my household, I desire to spend more time praying and meditating on God’s Word. I also want to write more, spend more time with my grandchildren, volunteer at a local animal shelter, become more organized and efficient in my business, and even carve out some time for recreational activities.

None of these things are negative, much less sinful. Nevertheless if I allow the pursuit of good things to keep me from pursuing the one, true relationship with my Heavenly Father, I merely “earn wages to put them into a bag with holes."

Balancing our busy schedules without forgetting God is our challenge as children of God. It is up to us to make sure nothing else—regardless of how important—gets in the way of that relationship.

Is there a good thing in your life taking up so much time, you are neglecting your spiritual relationship? Maybe it’s time for each of us reevaluate our priorities. Maybe all we need to do is exercise a little discipline and time management so the things in our lives that need doing do not interfere with our walk with God.
Teresa Slack still lives near the small Ohio town where she once dreamed of writing books. Her first novel, Streams of Mercy, won the 2005 Bay Area Independent Publishers Association’s award for “Best First Novel”. Her fifth novel, Evidence of Grace, the third in the popular Jenna’s Creek Series debuted nationwide at #18 according to Christian Retail Magazine.

She is currently working on Book 4 of her series. To learn more about Teresa and her books, visit her online at http://www.teresaslack.com/.

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