Every Friday I participate in a five-minute writing exercise (click over here to go Lisa-Jo’s website for the prompt and link-up page). The rules are to write for five minutes with no editing. The prompt this week is: Relevant.
What’s really relevant in life?
When life it about to be taken away, when death brushes with life, when loved ones suffer, when we know our lives are but a vapor… that’s when we realize what is truly relevant.
It isn’t the stuff. It isn’t the things. It isn’t so much of what we spend our time on.
It’s the people.
And doing this, which fulfills the law: Love the Lord your God with all your mind, heart and soul and love your neighbor as yourself.
That fulfills the law, and is also “relevant”.
Loving God, and loving our neighbor as ourselves is what makes life relevant… because now we are doing relevant things.
When difficulties happen, all of the fluff and stuff is easy to recognize. At least I think so. And I wish to throw all the fluff and stuff away and focus on what is truly important.
One of the challenges to living healthier, living more fully, and living according to God’s word, is to recognize what is relevant and what is not. It may require a bit of organizing, simplifying, re-shifting focus to get to what is really important.
Most of us don’t want to live our life only to face a pile of regrets at the end. If we focus on what is truly relevant, then we’ll have spent our time on what is important to God, important to us, and important to the world.
I don’t want to be irrelevant. Do you?
Jesus was relevant. Am I? Are you?
When I see the faces of my kids, I am reminded of what is relevant.
When I see friends and loved ones hurting, I am reminded of what is relevant.
When I see a hurting world, I am reminded of what is relevant.
When I read God’s word, I am reminded of what is relevant.
If any of us feel as if our lives don’t matter, are irrelevant… it is a lie, in direct opposition to what God says. We are each here with a specific purpose and plan.
No matter where you are– at home, at work, at school, at church, at a conference… remember who you are (child of the King), and what is truly Relevant.
A person living a healthy fulfilled life… knows and remembers what is relevant.
(Note– I spent about 6-7 minutes on the writing prompt today, not the usual five.)