In a Season of Loss, Clarify Your Priorities
"Life is not measured by how much one owns." (Luke 12:15 NCV)
Losses and tragedies have a way of putting everything into perspective. They clarify your values and help you figure out some priorities. You realize what matters most.
In Luke 12:15, Jesus said, "Life is not measured by how much one owns" (NCV). Don't confuse your net worth with your self worth. They are totally unrelated. Don't confuse your possessions with your position in Christ and your purpose. Don't confuse what you're living on with what you're living for.
In the season of loss, you need to clarify your values and really remember what's important - relationships and people. People matter, not things. Don't lose your joy over things that are unimportant.
Have you ever seen a hearse pulling a U-Haul? The Bible says in 1 Timothy 6:7, "We brought nothing into the world, so we can take nothing out." I remember hearing of a rich Texas oilman who was buried in his Cadillac. As they were putting him under, a man standing by said, "Man, that's living!" No - the guy's dead!
For real security, you have to build your life on something that can't be taken from you. Can a job be taken from you? Yes. There is no such thing as job security. Can you lose your health? Yes. Can you lose the person you're married to? Yes. Can you lose your youthful beauty? Yes!
You must build your life on the one thing that cannot be taken away from you: your relationship with God through his son, Jesus Christ.
Once you have that, you'll be able to make it through your season of loss as you focus on your relationship with Christ and the people in your life.
Talk It Over
- What does your life reveal are the most important things to you?
- What do you need to do to strengthen your relationships so that they have priority in your life?