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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

What Are You Living For?

It's so easy for us to get wrapped up in things that are not really important. I'm going to list the top three things people waste their time and energy on, and they’re really not important.

1. Many people live for money. These people neglect God, their family and church for more money. They have bought into a lie that more money will make them happy. Who cares if you make a lot of money and lose out on a vibrant relationship with God, your family and your church family? At the end of your life, you won't care that you made a lot of money and have nothing to show for it relationally.

2. Some people live for extracurricular activities. The majority of their time and energy is spent on things that really don't matter. It's really sad when parents have their kids in so many activities that they always miss church. I see this a lot in our society. Then, when their kids grow up they WONDER WHY they don't value church and a relationship with God. Well DUH, you modeled for them that God and church aren’t important. What did you expect? You actually thought chasing the basketball league, the soccer league and the baseball league and neglecting church would build your kids into spiritual giants? Who cares if they get a scholarship to college and go to hell?

3. Some people live for image. They want everybody to think they're something that they're not. They spend all of their time and energy trying to please people and fit in with the Jones'. They waste their life trying to look a certain way, drive a certain vehicle and live in a certain neighborhood. They spend their life on things that really don't matter. Why in the world would you chase after things that will never satisfy your soul?

What really matters is living for God. What really matters is loving God with your whole heart. What really matters is loving your family and investing your time, energy and money into their lives. What really matters is being committed and connected to a church family; giving your time, talents and treasures to advance God's Kingdom.

WHAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO YOU? This question isn't answered by your words but by your actions.