All Things New - 10.23.2007

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

- Romans 12:2

Have you ever heard of Justin Huish? He won Olympic gold medals in archery back in 1996, something he did by prioritizing his time to fulfill that purpose.

Apparently, in order to cut out a lengthy trip to the range and maximize even more time for training, he and his parents created an archery range of sorts in his neighborhood. A Los Angeles Times article at the time noted that, “From a greenbelt adjacent to a neighbor’s house, Huish [shot] across the street, up a driveway, through his family’s garage, out the back door, across his back yard to a target on a hill." What cool parents! What cool neighbors!

Huish went to these extraordinary lengths to increase his training access and time. He winnowed an unnecessary and unhelpful trip to the range from his life to make even more time for a truly great thing: the practice necessary to win gold at the Atlanta games. Huish understood his identity, and adjusted his activity in view of it. 

Someone once said, "Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.” If you live long enough, it starts to feel like that, doesn’t it? It’s so easy to spend our days distracted by what matters least, rather than dedicated to what matters most. If we’re not careful, we can live distracted lives rather than deliberate ones.

I think this is one reason that God invites us to pause every week, to set aside one day in seven to worship and rest. As our focus shifts to God in worship, the world's obligations and distractions recede from view. We see ourselves anew in the light of his presence. We are, in the inspired words of the Apostle Paul, transformed by the renewing of our minds. With our perspective renewed, we’re equipped to realign our priorities more and more according to his will. We can focus even more of our time and energy on what matters most. 

Child of God: What are the primary and essential callings that God’s placed in your life? Do your priorities flow from your purpose? What is distracting you from devoting the best of your time to what matters most? How can you restructure things? Take inventory. Don't let what matters least rob you of what matters most. Where possible, don’t be afraid to clean house a little. Small changes can add up to truly golden blessings. 

You're loved. Don't forget it. 

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