This afternoon, I decided to stop by the grocery store to pick up a few things. One particular item that I needed was bread. I walked in the store and headed down the aisles grabbing different foods. I checked out and headed home. When I made it to my house, I realized that I forgot to buy bread! The whole purpose of going to the store in the first place was to get bread. I completely became distracted with all of the other items in the store that I lost focus on what was important… Yes, you know where I am going with this.
After this experience, I knew that I needed to blog about it tonight. Life is like a grocery store, you are shown so many options and get to make choices on the way to the “check out.” Jesus is the “bread.” (Roll with me on this, besides He is the Bread of Life anyways lol) When we lose our focus in the store of life and begin grabbing hold of the things that the world has to offer us, we are missing the purpose of living. We are not understanding the reason why we came to the “store” in the first place. Life will hand us opportunities, activities, and options, but we must guard ourselves against indulging in anything that is hindering our journey as Christ followers. We have to keep our eyes on the prize.
There are so many things that I hope for in this lifetime. I hope to be a label artist, have a national conference (The Polished Conference) for teen girls ministry, serve in my local church, be married to a strong man of the Lord, have a family, etc. These are all dreams and goals. However, if none of them EVER happen, and I serve Jesus and love Him with my whole heart, then when I make it to “check out” time in this life, I will have done well. We need to remember that this life is not about us. We will have amazing opportunities and choices along the way, but the moment we lose our focus from the purpose our of “trip” is the moment that we waste precious time and miss the point. I am so guilty of losing focus on what really matters. This is a daily surrender, and necessary to be a useful vessel for the Lord.
So, what is in your shopping cart of life? Are you piling it up with busyness, ministries, good grades, a clean house, or relationships? Even if what you are choosing is a good thing, is it the right thing? As long as our eyes are fixed on Jesus and we can say with pure hearts that the others things are just vehicles to point to Him and not the end all, then we can continue “shopping.” If you have anything in your cart that needs to be put back to help you refocus on what really matters, then I encourage you to prayerfully ask Jesus to help you to be reminded of your purpose on earth and let go of baggage. May we never forget that we are here on a mission to love God and love people!
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31 ESV)