I like to think of myself as an organized person. I’m the girl who makes a schedule of every second of the day, who makes a list of priorities and what’s urgent versus important, and who has every aspect of life carefully planned. To be honest, I’ve been very proud of my planning skill. Until I learned I was doing it all wrong.
It wasn’t that I was scheduling incorrectly. It was bigger than that. I had prioritized my life all wrong.
You see, I’ve always thought of my life in levels. It went Jesus first, then family, then school, friends, work and so on. I carried this out by praying first thing in the morning, to remind myself that Jesus makes the top of my list. But then I realize that Jesus is more than my number one priority. He is my only priority. He is not the object at the top of my checklist. Instead, He is the foundation of every component in my life. Everything, my family, my friends, my education, is grounded in Christ and revolves around Him. Jesus is more than a part of a my life, a part of my world. He is my world.
I’ve started to think of my life as a bubble. The bubble is named Christ, and inside the big bubble is small bubbles called Mom, Dad, college, golf, and all of the components of my life. All of them must belong to Jesus. They are subjected to His truth and principles.
This realization recently dawned on me thanks to the teachings of Heather Lindsey (she is amazing!!!!) and already it’s impacting my lifestyle.
Because I have given everything to Jesus, I feel less stressed and confined. When His spirit moves and interrupts my schedule, it’s suddenly OK. I don’t think, “God, this is my school time or my family time or my social time.” No, it’s all God’s time! Every moment of my existence must be submitted to His moves. Where He goes, I must drop everything and follow. If He calls me to minister to my sisters or serve my church, that might mean some homework has to wait. And I know that that’s hard to grasp in a culture where worldly success and education and competition is highly prioritized. But why would Holy Spirit call me to His bidding and then make me fail a test? I have to trust that God understands what’s important to me as well, and that He will provide, but I have to follow.
That doesn’t mean I won’t have to sacrifice. I might have to stay up late or cancel something else I wanted to do so I can study. Maybe one day living for Christ will cause me to be low on finances or even adjust my dreams and plans. But, if I already know that Christ desires the best for me and knows the plans He has for me, how can I not trust Him enough to follow His commands?
Let’s be honest, this can be difficult and scary. Even as I write, I feel the fear of the future creeping into my soul. How much will wholeheartedly devoting every second of my life to Christ cost me? I don’t know. But I do know that whatever struggles I will face, Jesus is worth it. He is my world.
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