What is my priority for today?
I ask myself this question every day. And that’s a good thing. Getting the wrong priority is not. If God has saved us for eternal life, but we are still here, it just makes sense He has a job for each and every one of us to do. Otherwise, He would call us home.
Finding out what that job may be is yet another story. Asking Him for guidance for what He wants us to do for the day seems to be the only way to find out. Proverbs 3 was the answer for me: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and look not unto your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.
I spent several years bemoaning the fact that God wasn’t sending me on any more overseas mission trips. Then one summer I took a trip back to my hometown and discovered many of my friends were on walkers, using canes, and, in one instance, in a nursing home. It didn’t seem right that I still had the use of all my faculties, walked a mile a day, was still driving, and generally felt great while they were all undergoing these problems.
It became clear what my shift in priorities was. I was no longer to go on overseas mission trips. He even made it crystal clear by having my cardiologist forbid me to go on long flights anymore. Rather, God wanted me to use my efforts right here at home. Now I delight in picking up people to go to church who might not otherwise have a way.
Visiting my shut-in friend is something that has become high on my list. Also, I discovered a need I didn’t know existed: cancer patients need rides to their appointments badly. I contacted the American Cancer Society, and now I’m on their list of drivers. It’s my third year of doing this, and I find it so humbling. You can always find someone whose needs are greater than your own—and usually you don’t have to look very far.
God saved me for eternal life many years ago, but my life on earth is so blessed now that I can ask Him every morning, “What would You have me to do today?”
Take time to ask God what His priority is for you today.
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