“For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.”
How do we determine what really matters? All day long we have to make the decision on what does or doesn’t as how we expend our time becomes an issue. I’m a big fan of the “Sketch Guy” (Carl Richards) for how he takes complex stuff and distills it down onto a cocktail napkin. When I saw this one it reminded me of the truth that so little of the bigger picture around us really does matter as it relates to what we can do something about. We’ve been faced with big picture problems many times but it’s not until we we carve them up into digestible pieces that we can begin to find the part that really matters to us. One way we can think about what matters and what we can control is the question to ourselves on what can we do to help? If we find that that we can then we are well on our way.
Paul, tells the Philippians about what really matters and that is the focus we are to have in our faith and upon Christ. When it comes down to it, there is so much we can’t control. As I write this, we are in the middle of a wicked thunderstorm with lightening that seems right outside the window and thunder that you can’t hear yourself speak above. I have no more control over the storm as I do the beautiful weather that will likely be behind the clouds. And so is our lives, our work and so many things. Let’s keep our focus where it needs to be and let God take care of the rest.
Reference: Philippians 1:10 (New Living Translation)