I’m at a certain season of life. Not necessarily a certain age, although I am facing another “milestone” year in the coming months. But, more appropriately, that my life is seasoned. Matured. And while it is true that we are always learning, I hope what I have already experienced along the way is not only shaping me but settling and grounding me. This is a season of life for applying what I know to be true and for embracing what really matters. For instinctively recognizing what is needful, valuable, and worthy of my time and energy. And for knowing what is important.
GO. When I consider what exactly is important, my thoughts go in many directions. But, for the sake of this five-minute post, I would suggest that we all must “know what we know” and why. My faith is the foundation of my life. Bible truths impact just about every decision I make. But this is only a good thing if I know what I believe and why I believe it. I have been a Christian since I was twelve. Many decades. It can be easy to “do life” on auto-pilot, including my walk with Christ. Yes, I want prayer, Bible reading and other habits to be as easy and natural as many other aspects of my life, but I want more than an auto-pilot, go through the routine relationship with my heavenly father.
There is another truth that I am noticing about this season of life. Those times, situations or circumstances that test our faith – or even shake our faith – come more and more often. Perhaps I’m just more aware but, honestly, I believe they just come faster. Heartaches and hard times in my own life and, then, so many that I know and love facing loss and/or huge trials. Life can be overwhelming. I need to remember my sure foundation and then know why it is so. For my sake and in order to help others.
STOP. Very quick thoughts today as I consider the Five Minute Friday prompt – although it seemed to take forever to get my thoughts into even a few coherent sentences. I think I need this exercise (freewriting for just five minutes) more than I realize. You can check out what others said about “important” here and, hopefully, they will be encouraging. Let me leave you with one final thought. This time of year, many are considering all types of Bible reading plans. I have considered several myself. Being daily in God’s word is essential; however, reading simply to check the box is not the goal. Slow down. Read to learn more. To understand so as to apply and make a difference. Spend quiet time in order to hear from God. He delights to give us wisdom. Even delights to have real fellowship with us! Whether our days are crazy hectic or seem incredibly long. Whether our world (and the one around us) seems to be spinning out of control, or we find ourselves filled with peace. Whatever life brings or whatever the season, genuine relationship with Jesus Christ truly is what is important.