Luke 7:24-30 God First
Lord, increase my faith for I long to see your face!
Every day begins the same way. I wake up early in the morning and set out for the chapel for my daily meditation. Some days I have no idea or premonition on what I will write. Other days, the Lord has given me a good head start by placing something close to my heart. No matter what, at the very end of the meditation, I must search for a painting or photograph that best communicates my reflection for the day. I was looking through hundreds when I came across a photograph of a sign that read, “Danger! This sign has sharp edges. Use with care.”
It is so easy for my life to become like this sign: Useless, pointless and yet, with sharp edges.
So, the question is this. Why am I here? Who am I here for? A million questions with only one real answer. All life’s questions ultimately lead toward God.
As I journey along towards the Christ-child, I must remind myself on a daily basis why I set out on this journey in the first place: to be with God. The end justifies the beginning. The journey that I have taken must lead me towards Him. If it doesn’t, then I need to stop, turn around and head back to where the great divide began. How do I know? It’s simple. When I have placed myself before others or have leaded them in harm’s way; when I have broken a friendship or caused another to sink in despair. When I have attacked my greatest friend and befriended my greatest enemy. All these roads lead to a dead end.
God must always come first – in my thoughts and in my words, in my actions, in my life. Otherwise, I will forget who I am and what I am here for. My life will meaningless and useless, but with sharp edges! That is, I will end up hating who I am and harming those around me. We see it, hear about it or experience it every day, especially right before the holidays: people who have lost their way and end their journey in a very tragic way.
During these final days of Advent, the Lord calls out to each of us to follow the star that leads to Him, to someone great! As you travel along the way, allow the Lord to do something beautiful and meaningful in your life. Greatness leads to great things! Keep your eyes focused on the brightest star and be careful of the shooting stars that come and go.
When I put the Lord first in my life, do I know what he does? He puts me first in His life? This is our God. This is why He is GREAT! And this is why life is worth living. The Lord brings meaning to life.
It’s not easy. It’s never easy to travel during the night. We grow weary. We question our decisions. We are enticed to go for shortcuts. As the night grows awfully dark, it is very easy to stray off the path. How in the world did we ever lose our way? How in the world did we ever get so far away? It starts when I forget who is in charge; who the boss is. It starts when I forget who created the world and placed me here, lifts me up and gives me life. The one who does all these things is meaningful, useful and beautiful. He is the One the star points to in the night. Pointy, meaningful, and with sharp edges!