By Matt Dawson
I clearly remember one Christmas Eve, pouring sweat at 1:30am as I spent 2.5 hours putting a HUGE toy together. All so that our children would arise on Christmas morning with the beautiful illusion that some bearded man in red suit broke into our home in the night with fully constructed toys for all the good girls and boys (don’t judge me, it’s tradition).
WHY did I spend 2.5 hours on 1 toy, you ask? Because I had to put it together 3 times! The first 2 times, I didn’t follow the instructions (because I’m a man!) and missed the some of the first few steps in putting it together! On the 3rd attempt, while trying not to cuss (or cuss too loudly to wake the children), out came the instruction booklet and I followed the plan… STEP 1, STEP 2, and so on. It should have only taken me 20 minutes to put it together if I had only followed those first few steps.
The reality is, when we skip the first few steps to anything that has a plan or design, we often make a mess of everything.
Our lives have a plan, a purpose, and a POINT to them. God has a plan for us that includes making sure that FIRST THINGS COME FIRST. When we follow the priorities that God gives us, everything works better. We are then able to reach our full potential. Without the right priorities, we often make a mess of everything that matters most!
This Sunday, we will kick off a BRAND NEW series entitled “First Things First; Prioritize Your Life.” We will spend the next few weeks discussing how God designed some of our most precious resources to use for His purposes and when we follow those steps, everything in our lives works better. It’s time to prioritize our lives!
This is a GREAT opportunity to INVITE A FRIEND (someone from your Top 5) to join you this weekend at Journey Church!
By David McNeely
Dick Van Dyke once said, “I’ve made peace with insecurity … because there is no security of any kind.”
One thing that limits our potential in life is our battle with insecurity.
We can be insecure over a million things like hair, ears, hair in ears, personality quirks, relationship deficiencies, work deficiencies, and so on. We struggle with surface level insecurities and deep-seated insecurities. Even the most secure of people will, at times, have their confidence give way to uncertainty.
Insecurity is a slippery slope. Trying to overcome it feels like trying to sprint up a mountain of ice while wearing dress shoes. We may be inspired to overcome insecurity but actually doing it is impossible. Or is it? I would respectfully disagree with Bert … Mr. Dawes, Sr. … Dr. Mark Sloan … or for you younger audience members, Cecil from Night at the Museum. I think there is a genuine security that can be experienced. But it will not be generated from within.
F. B. Meyer shared an illustration once about two men who wanted to climb the Matterhorn. They hired three guides and started the climb at the most difficult part. They tied themselves together in an alternating order of guide, traveler, guide, traveler, guide. Sure enough, not far into the journey, the last guide lost his footing. At first, the other four could rely on the toeholds in the ice to keep themselves from falling. But quickly the next man slipped and pulled down the two in front of him. The first guide, however, had driven a spike deep into the ice. He was secure. Because he was stable, the other men were able to regain their footing and they continued the climb. Meyer drew this application, “I am like one of those men who slipped, but thank God, I am bound in a living partnership to Christ. And because He stands, I will never perish.”
Here are just a few questions to ponder before we meet on Sunday:
- What gives you a sense of stability and security?
- On what are you basing your life?
- Is it something that can be removed or replaced?