The Time of Your Life
There is a scripture I came across during my reading time today that has struck a chord in my heart: “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?” (Haggai 1:4)
This scripture refers to a time in which God’s people were rebuilding their destroyed cities, but neglected to rebuild God’s temple. It paints a picture of His people living in the lap of luxury within their “paneled houses” while neglecting the very thing that should have been more, if not the most important part of their building: the house of God.
The reason this scripture stuck so much with me was because it made me think about my own life. I have spent an extraordinary amount of time during the past year on myself. I have started my blog, writing my book, and improving my mindset and quality of life. And while I don’t feel like I have neglected my God, I had to think twice about whether His most important blessings to me were receiving the attention they deserved from me.
God has richly blessed me in more ways than I can count. At over forty years of age, I am in great shape physically. I am highly intelligent, and have been blessed with awesome writing talent. On top of it all, I have been recently blessed with a mindset of greatness which insists on me striving towards fulfilling my purpose in life and living out my dreams.
Materially, I have been blessed as well. My children lack nothing. My wife and I own property and multiple cars, and have very little debt. And we also happen to be in the great position of being able to invest in ourselves and the fulfilling of our dreams.
Despite all of that, I still need to be sure to not forget to cherish the most important of all of my blessings, the wonderful family He has given me. It’s very easy for any of us to say that we give our families the time and attention they deserve, but do we really? It can be too easy for us to become so entrapped, entwined, and entangled with the concerns of life and “making a life” that we forget to maintain the lives we already have.
How often have we put our work lives or our school lives or even our “play” lives before the lives of those we claim to love so much? Too often we hide behind the justification that we are “doing it all for them”, but how much are we really helping the ones we love by choosing to spend all or most of our time with everything except them?
In this drive and push towards becoming extraordinary, we must also give a priority, perhaps the highest priority, to being extraordinary husbands, wives, fathers, and mothers. We must make it a priority to let each and every one of our children know every single day that they are loved and cherished, and that no job or education or playtime is more important to us than they are.
In our efforts to become extraordinary we must never forget to put extraordinary effort into building, maintaining, and strengthening our most important relationships.
We’ll talk again.