If you had to ask ten people what the 10 most important things in their lives are at this moment, you would receive vastly different answers.
Whilst some like food in the cupboards and a home to live in may be common answers, everyone places different priorities on different things in their lives.
Before coming to the Lord, I placed one of the highest values on my possessions. I saw myself as only being fulfilled when I had my “things” around me. I often used to think about what ten things I would save if there was a fire, and every time the list was topped by possessions.
Now there are family heirlooms and gifts that cannot be replaced, and I treasure them deeply, but I have now come to realise that the most precious things in life cannot be bought.
When I started coming to church, and started healing from the wounds of my past, I started to see that the possessions I put so much value in, were simply bought to try and fill a void that was in my life. That void was a relationship with God. I am not saying that I went and gave all my things away; I did though start to see them for what they really were – excess baggage.
This is not a message about getting rid of your possessions and living a minimalist life, it is about looking around you and realising what is important.
It is time to put our lives into perspective, and seek to fill our lives with the good things of God first. When I started doing this, I found my life richer than before.
I look around myself now and see that I have everything I need to be happy – a roof over my head, a good job, groceries in the cupboard, a husband I love with all my heart, a family in the church, and most of all – a relationship with God.
When I started to see my life from a new perspective, I started to see a light at the end of the tunnel. I started to have hope instead of despair, joy instead of sorrow, and a fullness of life I had not experienced before. The old saying “Money can’t buy happiness,” is so true as I found out. I may have had everything I wanted, but I had nothing I truly needed in my life.
When we put our relationship with God first as our most treasured possession, we start to see God turning everything in our lives around for good.
I would not be the person I am today, or where I am today if the scales had not been removed from my eyes to allow me to see things as they truly are. My glass is now neither half-full or half-empty – it is overflowing!
So today make the decision to look at your life from a different perspective. When our perspective is right, no mountain is too high, no valley too deep, and no challenge too great that we can’t face it with the Lord’s strength.
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