“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8 ESV
Priorities. I can think of a million reasons that I am terrible at them.
Being involved in clubs, having a job, going to class – it all adds up to a huge list of things I have to do and keep up with. But there are always ten million other options staring me in the face that I could do instead… Facebook, Netflix, going out to dinner, skipping class…Who wouldn’t love to just slack off and have some time to relax? Sometimes even the things we’re really passionate about can get pushed to the side because a better offer comes along.
I think the hardest thing for me to prioritize is relationships. It becomes really easy to compartmentalize my life, make a schedule, a to-do list, and stick to it. But it’s hard to think of intentional relationships as something you have to “build into your schedule”. I don’t often mark off in my schedule when I’m going to dinner with my friends on a daily basis, or when I’m going to have a conversation with someone. That part’s pretty natural. But when you’re not around people in person, it becomes a lot harder to keep up a relationship without some serious effort.
Moving away from home was definitely an adjustment as far as relationships went. The friends and family members I didn’t see in person anymore became something that I have to be intentional about keeping up with. The same with the long-distance friendships I created over the summer.
I try to call my mom almost every day. My grandparents every few days. I talk to my friends over all different modes of communication. It’s hard sometimes, but I fully intend on making these relationships flourish.
The same effort has to be put into a relationship with God. It’s a freaky situation sometimes because in some ways, God is the ultimate long distance relationship. We don’t ever see Him standing in front of us, ready to have a conversation. But in other ways, He’s the one who is closer to us than anyone will ever be. He’s always there – He is longing for our attention, for a reciprocation of the love He shows to us, for all that we have and all we are.
The intensity of the relationship that is possible with God is completely unfathomable. Can you imagine how fulfilling it would be if we even put in half of the effort God does? A relationship with God is one that has to be intentional. It’s one that we are definitely able put into our schedule. I’ve been working on a time in my day that I can just spend with God – reading and praying, and pursuing Him. But I’m sure He knows that there may be times where some of us just can’t do that as easily. That’s one of the amazing things about Him being around all the time. We can talk to Him anytime we want – we just have to do it!
It’s really easy to get caught up in the “goings on” of our lives, easy to stray away from making time for God. But He should be a priority in our lives. The top of our list. Don’t be too busy to see the amazing things He’s doing in and around you!
Relationships with people and God are essential in our lives. They shape who we are, provide a support system for when we are in need, and provide encouragement and motivation for us; they bring security, trust, freedom, and so much love.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
How are you making relationships with God and others an intentional priority today?