One of the biggest problems in our society today is being over-committed. We’ve been told that we have to be successful, do x, y and z in our lives, be this type of person, live in that type of house, eat this kind of food, watch that type of TV, give 110% at our jobs, be socially and communally responsible, and do it all while looking like attractive movie stars. And they expect us to be happy while doing all that?! Somehow everything has become a priority in our lives and if we’re prioritizing everything, nothing will get done, let alone the truly important stuff.
I love the concept of Lent being a time for fasting (or giving something up) and prayer. My only issue with it is it doesn’t free us from all that holds us back from living the lives of freedom we could be living if we would de-prioritize things in our life that aren’t actually priorities, and re-prioritize things that should be priorities in our lives. I’m not suggesting we all become missionaries, pastors, spiritual teachers and people who don’t talk about anything except spiritual stuff. What I am suggesting is that most of us have way more baggage than is necessary in our lives and it’s time to get rid of it.
With all our priorities and commitments we can easily forget about the one thing that’s really important: being alive and living the life God has given you. You can’t be truly living your life in a fulfilling way if you’re scheduled 118 out of 168 hours every week. When we have less stress and more time in our lives, we’re able to enjoy ourselves again, and able to apply the eternal perspective we as Christians should have to our lives in an enjoyable and meaningful way.
This week I challenge you to take a look at your life and make sure that not only do you have good priorities, you’ve got room in your life to be alive and fulfill the destiny God has given you. Letting go of even a little will free you up in ways you can’t imagine! God has bigger and better plans for you, are you ready to make room for them in your life?