Margin. Does anyone have any? Ask 20 Americans how they are doing and 19 will respond, busy! The industrialization of entertainment, the proliferation of electronic stimulant, the multiplication of opportunity has virtually pushed boredom to extinction. But there's another thing on the verge of extinction: God himself.
Decades ago James Dobson said, "What is the biggest obstacle facing the family right now? It is over-commitment; time pressure. There is nothing that will destroy family life more insidiously than hectic schedules and busy lives, where spouses are too exhausted to communicate, too worn out to have sex, too fatigued to talk to the kids. That frantic lifestyle is just as destructive as one involving out-broken sin. If Satan can't make you sin, he'll make you busy, and that's just about the same thing."
What better way to destroy fellowship with God than to make Christians endlessly busy? What better way to destroy the very foundations of Christian growth then to cast a spell of confusion on our minds so that we no longer believe we have time for the things that once brought us true fulfillment and peace.
Can we agree that we want to stop this dead in its tracks? Let's make God priority number one in 2018! After all, he deserves this place of honor. Colossians 1:18 says, "And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent." Does it not create a flutter of excitement to make real changes in your life this year that put him in that place he deserves? What would it be like to experience the joy of David in Psalm 36:8-9, "They [the righteous] feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light."
Can we put away the distraction, turn off the noise, and begin to focus on the one thing that truly matters? What would a year of gospel focus produce in your life if you took it seriously? How might God use that to strengthen your marriage, improve the family dynamic, and bring clarity to your purpose?
Let's reengage the Lord this year with serious prayer! Let's seek God in his word through regular Bible reading! Let's commit to really opening our mouths for God and taking risks! Let's make fellowshipping with God's people our absolute refuge and necessary source of life! Let's trade in good for better and better for best! In short: Let's make God and the things God loves the highest priority this year.
God, would you bless our intention this year to place you in that position of preeminence? Help 2018 to be a year characterized by your gospel priorities!