The Most Important Thing

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “important.”

The start of a new year is often a time to set goals and consider priorities. What is important to us this year? What do we want to achieve?

If you’re anything like me, it can be easy to get bogged down in that. I can be full of ambitious plans and goals and try to take on far too much in an attempt to improve every area of my life.

But maybe a better question is: What does God say is important? While there are many good things we could seek to do, there’s no sense in trying to do it all. It’s important to look at what God wants us to do, and while the specifics of that will be different for each of us, the heart of it is the same:

Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31 NLT)

While it’s great to achieve our goals to establish a healthy habit, to get fit. to lose weight or to learn a new skill, love for God and for others is what will make a lasting difference.

In all our goal-setting and resolutions this year, let’s hold onto the fact that it truly is the most important thing!

13 thoughts on “The Most Important Thing

  1. There is something that this year
    I dearly hope that I achieve,
    something very plain and clear:
    I want to see next New Year’s Eve.
    Today breath comes in painful gasps,
    and now I do need help to bathe,
    so it will be the task of tasks
    to keep my a** out of the grave
    and keep my writing job alive,
    for I still will speak of joy
    (though the body doesn’t thrive)
    and I find I must employ
    every dirty trick I know
    to keep the faith, and not to go.

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  2. The older I get, the less hold achieving has on me. The more my hands and heart seem open. I’ve seen God so faithful and I know He’s got everything in His capable, tender hands. There’s such a sweet peace when striving ceases.

    Blessed new year to you, Lesley.

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