“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3
If you stop to consider the things that concern you from day-to-day, you will probably see that many of these things are of temporary importance.
You have a deadline of some kind coming up at work, or company is coming for dinner and you need to clean up, or your drivers license is getting ready to expire. One year from now, you probably will not be able to remember what pressed upon your mind today.
Yet we often elevate these deadlines to gods in our lives, only to discover that just as soon as we meet one deadline, another emerges and we seem to just go from deadline to deadline.
Of course personal responsibility for our work and lives is of great importance to both our survival and reputation, however many of the things we agonize about are of little eternal value. Personal possessions wear out, break, get lost or diminish in value. Accomplishments in our careers are recognized and then often forgotten. The vacation that was supposed to be the “experience of a lifetime” turns out to be overrated.
So many things clamor for our attention and this can lead to anxiety over what we may be missing.
As we prioritize our lives, we can cultivate peace by focusing on things that have eternal, permanent value.
Those are things that draw our attention to God.
Things that draw our attention away from God can be thought of as gods with a little “g,” and those are the things that we must view through the lens of impermanence. As we live and enjoy the world and all it offers to us, recognize that “they are all vanity; their works are nothing; their molten images are wind and confusion.” Isaiah 41:29.
All the Best in 2013!