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Thinking about what matters.

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“Not every issue is worth dying for. Choose the struggles that you have a chance of winning or making a difference in….

Choose battles worth fighting. You will differ with others in the choices that you make. Choose the struggle that deserves your energy. Choose a battle that will make a difference ten years from now. Choose the engagement that is God’s priority for you.”

Ben Campbell Johnson Living Before God

I’ve spent the past few weeks thinking about these words, letting them sink in. These words challenged me to consider how I want to spend my money, energy, time and passion. If my choices today affect my future anyway – then I’d like my choices to be wise ones!

What really matters? I keep asking myself of each situation – is this something that will make a difference ten years from now?

God:

Too often I treat God as though He is following me, not the other way around! I want him to bless what I have decided is important to me. Yet when I get a fresh glimpse of who He is, I see again how much I need Him. He is worth fighting for, and He shows me what’s worth fighting for.

Significant Relationships:

Johnson’s words got me thinking about my family, definitely something worth fighting for. It’s too easy to be too busy for the most important people in my life. How am I investing in my marriage, in my children, or my extended family, friends?

A fresh perspective on calling:

These words have given me clarity about calling. Instead of waiting for some divine revelation, perhaps sometimes the fact that it’s important is calling enough. I see my community with new eyes.  What is my response to the pain and poverty that I see around me, particularly amongst children and teenagers? What I am doing about it?

But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do,
what God is looking for in men and women.
It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor,
be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don’t take yourself too seriously-
take God seriously. Micah 6:8 MSG

What are you investing in today that will make a difference 10 years from now?

What are the things in your life that are worth fighting for?

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