We aspire to do and have many things. Some are healthy desires and some are not. How do you know if you have the priorities that are in line with God’s commandments and plan for your life?
Some things have happened as of late to make me stop and do a self analysis. My 2018 Word is LOVE and I truly believe God placed that in my heart.
I’m not perfect. I have a lot of personality flaws like being scatterbrained, messy, and undisciplined. I have trouble staying focused and motivated. I realize this and need to work on these things. I thrive on knowing that someone appreciates and values me and gives me words of affirmation. That is my LOVE language. Sometimes I depend on it too much and need to have my own confidence.
In the long run, what truly matters?
I reread 1 Corinthians 13 tonight. It is considered the LOVE chapter in the Bible. If I measured myself by this chapter, I think I am on track with priorities. If I tell you I love you, I mean it. If I tell you that I am praying for you, I truly am calling your name out to God. If you are on my heart, I will reach out and let you know that!
At the end of my life, I hope that people know how much I loved them and believed in them… and that I conveyed the love of Christ to others through my legacy.
Read 1 Corinthians 13 to read about the greatest of these things…
“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless. When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NLT