There is an old, Native American proverb that says:
Certain things will capture your eye,
but pursue only those that capture your heart.
We know that to live a Christ-like life our heart should be dedicated to Christ.
What moves God's heart should move our hearts.
That we should set your mind on things above, not earthly things.
You've heard all of that before. But despite knowing it, it can be hard to follow it.
It's really hard to not get wrapped up in the world. There are so many "sparkly" things that catch our eye and lead us in the wrong direction.
Our only defense: Seek Him First.
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple. (Psalm 27:4)
This week, instead of praying for the "things" you need (or want) for today, pray to be near your Lord. Pray to understand what God wants in your life, not what you want.
I recently read this quote from Eugene Peterson ("composer" of The Message Bible):
"God cannot fit into our plans, we must fit into his.
We cannot use God - God is not a tool or appliance or credit card.
Holy is the word that sets God apart and above our attempts
to enlist him in our wish-fulfillment fantasies."
God is not a genie who will grant you whatever you desire, but He's also not a God who will abandon you.
Matthew 6 tells us not to worry about our daily needs but to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.
This week: Love the Lord your God with all your heart. Seek Him first, and don't let the distractions of the world pull you away from Him.
P.S. If you haven't heard the Lauren Daigle song, "First," check it out!