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Never Neglect What Matters

“Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”

– Galatians 6:8

What you neglect today will neglect you tomorrow. I hope reading this phrase gives you reason to pause, because it’s true in pretty much every area of existence. Just as seeds of goodness and righteousness ultimately bring abundant life, when we don’t pay attention to the kinds of things we plant in our hearts, minds, and bodies, the harvest we inherit will show it. This is true of our health, our relationships, and our goals, dreams, and projects. In the summer, as a teenager, I used to work at Rancho Capistrano, a 350-acre retreat center that was owned by the Crystal Cathedral. There was a groundskeeper named Tim who lived there, and he was like a mentor to me. He meticulously took care of the property, and he had all kinds of incredible skills (he even taught me how to locksmith). At the back of the ranch, up on a hillside, there were two small houses, and Tim resided in one of them. I used to go up there to hang out with him, and I always marveled at how well-manicured and perfect he kept everything. Well, a year or so after the property was sold, I went back on retreat, climbed up to Tim’s old house, and saw something that totally astonished me. Now a shadow of what it had been, the building was completely overrun and looked like it had been abandoned for years. All the windows were broken, the roof had collapsed, there were plants growing inside, and there was even a beehive in the middle of the mess. As I stood there amazed by how much had decayed without intentional effort and care, it reminded me that life is like that too.

My friend, don’t forget to pay consistent and faithful attention to what’s most important. While you can get away with not brushing your teeth for a day or two, after a year, you’re going to be in trouble. And though it’s a rather grim reminder, it’s good to remember this principle as you prioritize your life and your schedule. While the urgent always seems to trump the important, the important is what determines your future. So even if you feel like you’re too busy, too stressed, or too overtaxed, make room for what really matters. Plan your day in such a way that regardless of what it takes, you carve out time to be with the Lord, to exercise, to build relationships, and to pursue your calling. Look beyond today, and intentionally plant the seeds of your time in the soil of eternity so you will reap a harvest of peace and blessing tomorrow!

Prayer


Jesus, show me how to wisely invest the seeds of my time so I don’t neglect what’s most important.

Reflection


Is there something significant in your life that you’re neglecting? How can you begin tending to it again?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

One thought on “Never Neglect What Matters

  1. Donna Malchrist says:

    What is most important for my life in general is to start tending to my overall dental
    health and also to start riding my stationery bike every morning.I want to be healthy and free from all diseases such as cancer diabetes and Covid -19!. I want to resume my duties as lector.I also want to be able to travel and visit the beautiful islands of the Carribean. Europe and so many other places.cI want to be able to play bingo and also to sing karaoke at our Miami Elks Lodge 948. But for now. With the virus still out there. It is not the time for all of us to let our guard down.It is better to err on the side of caution and continue practicing safety guidelines. Hopefully everything will get back to normalcy very soon. So that’s why I’m not taking any chances risking my health and also that of my sister.I don’t want to lose her.We need to stay together
    I hope and pray that the Hour of Power will continue its mission of reaching out to all around the world with its positive and healing messages. To the choir and orchestra and their directors much thanks and appreciation for the glorious and beautiful music and singing.To Sarah Grandpre and the Voices of Hope Children’s Choir. May God bless them abundantly with good health. To all the congregation of Shepherd’s Grove at Irvine Presbyterian Church love blessings peace and good tidings.To Pastor Bobby Schuller and his beautiful family.May God bless them with good health for the rest of this year and for many more years to come.As always I remain a faithful viewer and Happy and Wholesome student in Jesus Christ.

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