The message last week in church (will post a link if I can find the video) was inspired by John Ortberg’s book, “When the Game is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box“. It’s had me thinking this week, as I struggle with priorities. There’s just too much to do in my life, how do I decide what the important stuff is?
The answer is: God & People. These are the two things that do not “go back in the box” at the end of this game we call life. I don’t know why I was surprised to learn this considering Jesus said that very same thing when asked what the most important commandment was:
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
That’s got me asking myself what I am doing to improve my relationships in these areas. The 60-60 Experiment is all about me and God. Last night, before bed I read this verse, which just affirmed this idea:
You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.
– Psalm 16:11
That’s the “way of life”. Having the joy of God’s presence, living with Him. Forever. Pretty cool.
The rest is about helping other people to find that out too.
My heart is pretty full right now. J4 has been working his butt off to keep our home in good condition. Spent the hot hours of the day treating our driveway. I love that man.
We have lived in this home for over 11 years. Neighbors have come and gone. Ashamedly, after really good friend neighbors on either side of us moved away, and then we had J5, we retreated into our home and have not reached out to know our new neighbors.
Today, we were blessed with several moments of kindness. One neighbor helped out when our tar-spreader-squeegie-thingie broke by loaning us his. Then, he brought over peaches from their tree in the back yard. Seriously yummy. A little while later, another neighbor stopped by with a bag of fresh tomatoes from his garden. I’m eating a fresh tomato sandwich as I write. Doesn’t get much better than this!
In turn, I plan to make a double batch of my Corn, Avocado & Tomato Salsa (Ok, it’s not MY recipe, but I make it a lot…) and return the neighborly gesture. Maybe even go a step further and give to a neighbor who didn’t do something nice for us today? I really want to develop a much stronger pay-it-forward mentality!