After a long hard day, what do you do to get restored and rejuvenated? After a long day at work, how do you still give your family the best of you possible? After a long day, what do you do to be ready for what is yet to come? After a full day of work, how do you make sure your family and friends still get the best of you and not just the leftovers? Do you get filled up on the way home? Do you turn to God and worship to be filled back up? Do you pray and talk to God about your day and ask Him to give you the strength, the wisdom, and the courage you will need for the rest of your day? Do you make sure there is something in the tank for your family?
How do you prioritize and live to make sure your family doesn’t get leftovers?
Today’s reading starts with Jesus after a miraculous day where they fed the 5000. He sent off the disciples in a boat and He went up into the hills to spend time with His Father in prayer. Let’s see how it plays out…
Jesus Walks on the Water
(Matthew 14.22-33; Mark 6.45-52)
16When evening came, Jesus’ disciples went down to the lake, 17got into a boat, and went back across the lake toward Capernaum. Night came on, and Jesus still had not come to them. 18By then a strong wind was blowing and stirring up the water. 19The disciples had rowed about three or four miles when they saw Jesus walking on the water, coming near the boat, and they were terrified. 20“Don’t be afraid,” Jesus told them, “it is I!” 21Then they willingly took him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached land at the place they were heading for.
The People Seek Jesus
22Next day the crowd which had stayed on the other side of the lake realized that there had been only one boat there. They knew that Jesus had not gone in it with his disciples, but that they had left without him. 23Other boats, which were from Tiberias, came to shore near the place where the crowd had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24When the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they got into those boats and went to Capernaum, looking for him.
–from John 6
What does your priority list look like? What is most important to you? If people checked your calendar would they see that? If people say your checkbook or bank statement would they see that? Are you living in alignment with your priorities? I learned a long time ago that it is important to have and put first things first! It took my health being put at risk many years ago and I put together my list. And then I reset my calendar to ensure I was living in alignment with my priorities! God is first! My wife and marriage is second! My kids and family are third! Everything else comes after that… Imagine if we could live our lives in alignment with our priorities how that would impact the world around us! Imagine living our lives in alignment with our priorities and the change it makes in our lives! And I can tell you that it makes a huge difference! We aren’t perfect, but this helps us get closer to being at the right places at the right time and doing the most important things!
Today’s reading speaks to the marriage relationship and how much the two need to live as one, sacrificing, loving…
Wives and Husbands
1In the same way you wives must submit yourselves to your husbands, so that if any of them do not believe God’s word, your conduct will win them over to believe. It will not be necessary for you to say a word, 2because they will see how pure and reverent your conduct is. 3You should not use outward aids to make yourselves beautiful, such as the way you fix your hair, or the jewelry you put on, or the dresses you wear. 4Instead, your beauty should consist of your true inner self, the ageless beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of the greatest value in God’s sight. 5For the devout women of the past who placed their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful by submitting themselves to their husbands. 6Sarah was like that; she obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are now her daughters if you do good and are not afraid of anything.
7In the same way you husbands must live with your wives with the proper understanding that they are more delicate than you. Treat them with respect, because they also will receive, together with you, God’s gift of life. Do this so that nothing will interfere with your prayers.
–1 Peter 3
I love my wife! She is such an incredible woman. She is my top priority after God! And He makes sure she is! God’s Word speaks of how the two become one! And she is a part of who I am and who I have become and who I will be…
1How beautiful you are, my love! How your eyes shine with love behind your veil. Your hair dances like a flock of goats bounding down the hills of Gilead. 2Your teeth are as white as sheep that have just been shorn and washed. Not one of them is missing; they are all perfectly matched. 3Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon; how lovely they are when you speak. Your cheeks glow behind your veil. 4Your neck is like the tower of David, round and smooth, with a necklace like a thousand shields hung around it. 5Your breasts are like gazelles, twin deer feeding among lilies. 6I will stay on the hill of myrrh, the hill of incense, until the morning breezes blow and the darkness disappears. 7How beautiful you are, my love; how perfect you are!
–from Song of Songs 4