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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Life Happens

I've heard the phrase, "Life Happens" several times lately and have more
than once seen it used as an excuse for not doing what the person knew they
should be doing. One family told me that they had always intended on being
involved in church, but "life happened" and for the past 40 years they had
just been too busy to attend.

Perhaps what folks really mean when they say "life happens," is that there
is a change of priorities in their lives, but that happens to all of us
doesn't it?

This past week we just finished a great Vacation Bible School with our
church. It was full of youth and enthusiasm and in general recharged the
spirits of all who were involved, but it also took its toll physically. The
day the VBS ended I started getting sick. It just so happened that I had a
doctors appointment for my yearly physical in which everything came out
great, except for the fact that I was beginning to get sick. The doctor did
prescribe medication for me which was a good thing, because the next day I
became really sick with a throat and bronchial infection. I told my wife, "I
don't have time to be sick," but that wasn't true, I had to make time to be
sick, because "life happened," to me. My priorities had to change and
instead of ministering to others, I had to be ministered to.

Priorities are funny things, because they do change. We have our plans, our
goals, and our priorities in a certain order. We may not write them down, we
may just hold them in our minds, but each of us has them. Some folks are so
rigid in their lives that if "life happens" they are destroyed, others just
go with life, rearrange things and move on.

In our 45 years of marriage my wife and I have changed some of our
priorities, we have adjusted to opportunities and challenges through the
years because it's true, "life happens." However one priority has never
changed. Our number one priority is that of serving God. All of our other
priorities revolve around that one key priority. That priority is the key
that gives our lives stability and purpose.

That's why when someone calls or comes by when it is time for us to go and
meet with our church family there is no conflict in our minds. We know our
priorities. When some difficulty or tragedy happens in life there is never a
question as to how this will affect our relationship to God, because we know
our priorities.

Yes, life happens to each and every one of us, but if you have your
priorities right, your spiritual house built on the solid foundation, life
will happen, but it will not change what is truly important in your life.
Jesus put it this way: "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and
puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against
that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock."
(Matthew 7:24-25)

Russ Lawson

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