Luke 12:16-21

Seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. Luke 12:31

As a young man, he set a goal to retire before age thirty-five. He worked seven days a week in an effort to build up his business. After several years, he found himself alone. Fed up with his workaholic attitude, friends and family members had moved on and left him wondering how he had become so out of step with God’s will. From the world’s perspective, he was a success, but from God’s viewpoint he was a spiritual and emotional pauper.

A wondrous mystery is hidden within the clichè that beckons us to “stop and smell the roses.” The memory of a sunset spent with a loved one lasts longer when we take the time to enjoy it. The sweetness that comes from sharing our lives with those around us is a part of the good things in life.

However, even this can become blurred and out of focus if we are out of fellowship with Christ. Taking time to worship God and listen for His voice through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is not something we can switch on or off.

Ask yourself how long it has been since you have spent quality time alone with the Lord. If your schedule has you tied up and out of reach of the good things in life, then maybe it’s time to take a serious look at where you are going. Will you like yourself once you get there? Love and friendship are two of the most priceless treasures we will ever know.

Thank You for the privilege of having fellowship with You, Lord. I value the time I spend alone in Your presence.

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