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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing

I often wonder about this quote. I first came across it in reading a book by Dave Busby over 15 years ago. I can't explain why I'm thinking about it now, but it gets me to thinking. It makes me ask myself, "What is my main thing?" Is it finishing college? Is it having a great marriage? Is it having positive kids in a negative world? Is it having good friendships? What is it that makes me tick? Why do I exist? What is, "the main thing?"
This question was answered about 2000 years ago by Jesus of Nazareth. According to his pal Matthew, Jesus told his followers to "[s]teep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met" (Mt. 6:33, MSG). That's it! That's the main thing! Focus on Jesus to start with, and everything else will fall into place!
Now, before your start laughing too hard, I also want to remind you that Jesus was no ivory tower philosopher. Shortly before His unjust murder, He reminded his friends that "[i]n this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I've conquered the world" (Jn 16:33, MSG). Jesus wants us to remember that even though life can get really hard, He is still really good, and He really loves you, a lot.
So, when that term paper becomes almost unbearable, or you woke up with one nerve left, and your spouse is getting on it, or it seems no use to raise your kids according to principles rather than pragmatism, you too can take heart. Jesus is the mighty conquerer of this world.

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