Fall 2014: First Things First
With the coming of another fall season we have an opportunity to break out the sweatshirts, thank God for the beauty of the season, reconcile our past and dream about our future. A new season brings a new routine and with a new routine comes anticipation, opportunity and limitless potential. As we enter this crisp season, here are some things to remember:
1) We reap what we sow. So much of what we get in life is in direct proportion to what we dish out. People who choose to criticize, judge and gossip will reap criticism, judgment and drama. Those who chose to be loving, upbeat and forward thinking will reap friends, optimism and vision. If you don’t like what you are reaping; pay careful attention to what you have been sowing.
2) We don’t reap today what we sow today. We reap today what we sowed yesterday and will reap tomorrow what we sow today. If you are sowing good things and are still plagued by a bad harvest; be patient. Blessing is just about to catch up with you! Those who do the right things the right way will get the right results in the right time.
3) Achieving great things involves great sacrifice. Reaching our potential in life requires sacrifice. In order to become the person we were created to be, we often have to de-prioritize what we want to do in favor of what we need to do. True meaning will not come to a life until personal preference is sacrificed on the altar of a greater good.
4) The quality of our lives is determined by our priorities. It is easy to say God is first, family is second and career is third on our stated priority list. It is easy to say, “I am going to make major strides toward becoming the person I was created to be this season.” It is much harder to get to church each week. The choices we make determine the quality of our lives. A better life means making better choices.
Why not determine that your best days are ahead of you? They can be! When we place first things first, everything else will find its proper place!
-Rev. Shane l. Bishop, A Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church, is the Sr. Pastor of Christ Christ in Fairview Heights, Illinois.