Prioritizing is Silly

If I call something stupid, then if you do that thing, you will be offended.  So instead of me calling it stupid, how about I back up and call it silly?  Now that we have that taken care of, let’s begin.

Making God your number one priority in life is stupid…wait I mean silly.  Yes.  Making God your number one priority in life is silly.  I know, I know, you just cringed.  Your ‘spirit’ just cried out “HERESY!”  Of course the truth of the matter is that’s not your ‘spirit,’ that’s years of religious conditioning.  So set that aside and let’s continue shall we?

We have been taught to prioritize God as number one.  Therefore we spend our devotional time with him first thing in the morning (because he is first priority).  Also, if we have a decision to make, we always put God first (because he is first priority), that just makes sense.  Now you are at ease because that’s what you have been taught.  That is how you process things and how it just makes sense.

I talked with several people who prioritize life by saying, “God is #1, Family is #2, Church/ministry is #3, and work is #4.”  And that just sounds nice and neat and comfortable.  Of course that’s stupid…I mean silly.

God is NOT a priority.  In fact the bible never once, in ANY translation calls God a priority.  To make him a priority makes him measurable.  God is NOT measurable.  God is not a line on a spreadsheet or an allotted time in your schedule.  By making him a priority we make him containable.  We spend our “God Time” in the morning and then we move on to work.  So God is not in your work?  What about in your family?  So when you are spending time with your family that means God is no longer important because you have now moved on to priority number two?

I can hear you screaming and arguing already, “That’s not what it means Craig!”  Well let me point you to a little verse in the Bible.  It Acts 17:28 it says that it is in God that we live and move and have our being.  Hate to burst your nice neat pyramid of prioritized living but God is life, he is not a part of our lives.  That’s like saying you prioritize breathing.  Which is more important, your pants, or breathing?  Hopefully you would say breathing, but I can guarantee you never see ‘breathing’ on any priority list, yet it is essential to life.  God is not a thing you can put on a list, he is life itself.

So what’s the big deal?  The big deal is that when we prioritize God it makes for a nice excuse to get out of things.  We blame situations and how we spend out time on a flimsy priority list as apposed to recognizing that God is LIFE!  He is the essence of what we do he is not a thing that we do.  God is not a time etched out in our busy day, he IS our day.  He IS our very next breath.

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Great Weekend! Great Peeps!

What a whirlwind of a week.  Patti and I went to the ARC conference in North Carolina and that was simply awesome.  I know it’s true but it always surprises me how filling, and encouraging it is to get around like minded pastors who are struggling in like minded ways, and also kicking the Devil’s butt in a like minded fashion.  Yea I was encouraged.  Pastoring can be tough.

But I don’t say that as a complaint, not at all.  I absolutely love what I do and I couldn’t think of another thing that I would want to do, and I guess that’s what is so invigorating is getting to do what I want to do, and working alongside people that I amazingly love.  SouthPoint has the greatest team ever!  I’m sure people from other churches that are reading this right now are thinking, “no my church does!” Well, since this is my blog, let me just say, that you are unequivocally wrong!  Southpoint Church has a team that will rock your face off!

This Sunday we added more amazing people to our already astounding team.  I am so amazed at what God is doing at SouthPoint.  It’s one thing to add people to the team, but to add high level, quality God-lovers, is another creature all together.  Thank you God for allowing me to be a part of this amazing group of people!

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