If we want to become the-best-version-of-ourselves, and if we want to have an amazing Christmas, we have to recognize what matters most and what matters least. Our time is limited. Christmas is only five days away! We must decide what is really important and necessary. Then we must make it a priority and make time for it. Otherwise the call of the world will always keep us busy and distracted from what really is important, what really counts.
Our Lives Change When Our Habits Change
Week 4, Day 2
Brian Greenfield is a Catholic evangelist with a strong background in youth and young adult ministry. He is currently the director of campus ministry at Jesuit High School in Tampa and is a speaker for Hard as Nails Ministry. Brian lives in Spring Hill, Florida, with his wife and their two children.
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I showed up early for a high school graduation last year, and as I listened to the band tune their instruments, it sounded like a disorganized mess.
But when the commencement began and the orchestra followed their sheet music in front of them, they played beautifully.
This same dynamic applies to our lives. Our lives can be a mess or a masterpiece. The difference is finding the right sheet music.
When we recognize what matters most and what matters least, it’s like following the sheet music. And this ability is absolutely essential to becoming the-best-version-of-ourselves. Without it, the noise of the world will always keep us feeling like a busy, distracted mess.
As a father, husband, brother, and son, I’m all too familiar with this feeling.
At Christmastime when I see commercials for all the things that I could buy the people I love, I feel like I should be giving them more things. But in an effort to have the Christmas spirit, I’ve actually lost it. I’ve lost sight of what matters most.
What will remain with my kids are not the gifts that come and go. What remains with them is the joy that comes from being together. The memories we build and love we share. This is the sheet music of my life.
My family is my gift, and they make me want to be a gift to them.
I encourage you to think about what matters most in your life. The things that aren’t fleeting, but what really matters. Is it your friends and family? Your memories? Your health? Is it your relationship with God?
We’re all really blessed! It’ll be something different for each of us.
When we recognize our blessings and thank God for them, it becomes easier to recognize what matters most.
Some things are more important than others.
How can your priorities help you have a great Christmas and become the-best-version-of-yourself?
Jesus, help me see the few things in life that are really important and to take care of these things first.