Craig left early this a.m. for storm duty in Davenport and the boys and I were sitting around talking about some scriptures we were reading and discussing how satan desires to distract us from the ways that Yah told us to go in. We talked about what we are to make our first priorities and we talked about what things can become priorities that are simply designed to distract us from the things that Yah says we are to be doing. It was a good discussion as one thing led to another. After our study, I wanted to blog about a couple of things the kids and I talked about and checked my e-mail prior to getting into the blog and someone had sent something that I read to the boys as it gave a good illustration of the talk we just had.
Here's the note:
If we can "be still & know that he is God" we can trust that he is big
enough to bring the ministry to us. We need to know what season we
are in, and focus on those important things in life. As for me and my house,
I am down to no TV & 1 day aweek internet. As my children grow, I look
back and regret that I didn't simplify sooner. This verse has been on my
heart- " Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around
like a roaring lion looking for someone to, devour." 1 peter 5:8 What a
better way to devour families but to devert our attention!!
Consider this story..A time management guru was speaking to a group of type
"A"personalities. He placed a wide-mouth gallon jar on the table in frontof him.
Next to the jar was a collection of fist-sized rocks. He carefully filled the jar with
the big rocks, until he could fit no more. He asked the group, "Is the jar full?
"Everyone responded, "Yes."He then pulled a large bowl of gravel from under
the table and proceeded to pour the gravel into the jar. The gravel fit into the
spaces between the rocks. He again queried, "Is the jar full?""Probably not,"
was the group's reply. He reached for another bowl, this one filled with sand.
He dumped the sand into the jar. The sand filled the spaces not taken by the
rocks and the gravel. Once more, he asked, "Is the jar full?""No," everyone
agreed. Finally, he reached for a pitcher of water and poured water into the
jar until it was filled to the top. The time management guru looked at
the group and asked, "What is the point of my illustration?"One man replied,
"That no matter how full your schedule is, you can always fit one more thing
"No!" the guru responded. The point of this illustration is, "If you don't put the
big rocks in first, you'll never get them in at all!
"The moral of Covey's story is:
Get the important things figured out first, then fit everything else in around
them. In other words, know what your priorities are.
Yah surely knows if He is first (like the big rocks in the jar) or if He comes later in importance to us. We cannot hide what we have allowed to crowd Him out of our lives.
If we want Yah to be present in our lives and in our families, we have to purposely make Him first. Time in prayer and scripture first then He will show us the way that we are to go that day. Often we swim upstream or contrary to what others think we should be doing but the scriptures tell us the Yah's people are peculiar, doing things that the rest of the world doesn't understand mostly because people have been taught that the things Yah told His people to do are now obsolete.
We continue to examine how our time is spent because as the WORD says, "our lives are like a vapour of smoke". Life quickly passes by. Scripture teaches that we are to watch and pray as we see the day of His return approaching so that we are living a life that is prepared and ready for His return.