Hours of travel time lately have given me significant blocks of time to reflect on life—to learn from the past, consider how to give my best to the present, and focus dynamically on the future. I have found again that one thought remains steady and dependable throughout every season. It is my favorite Scripture verse, and records the wisdom and promise of Jesus: "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need." Matthew 6:33 NLT
Have you ever really stopped to consider how many wants, desires, and legitimate needs we have in any given time of life? Some of them change from season to season—for instance, my high school son, my 96-year-old father, and I all have desires and actual needs at our personal points in life. Some of them are remarkably similar despite the differences in our ages, and some are dramatically different.
I think back to the dreams and desires that captured most of my thoughts as a teen. I am glad I found an anchor that kept me from pursuing some of them. I remember others and am overwhelmed with how blessed I am to have so many hopes and dreams fulfilled in remarkable detail. I look to the future as I age and see God's faithfulness to my dad, and renew my commitment for handling my needs and desires. I will forever hang my hopes and my purpose on those words of Jesus.
I have found out for myself, through personal experience and from watching others derail their lives, how easy it is to let one desire or need hijack your entire life. Some people have pursued a specific relationship and lost everything else in the process. Others have done the same with fame, a position, or possessions. I am not wise enough to sort that out alone. I need the help of someone with a reliable perspective and wisdom to guide me. I have found that in the person of Jesus Christ. In every season of life, I have chosen to pursue Him and His kingdom—what matters most to Him—and have found that whatever my age and season, He takes care of me and brings about the best.
Matthew 6:33 is my favorite Scripture because it helps me not to worry about things, circumstances, or envy others. It allows me to go after everything God has for me, knowing that in His time He will give me ultimately what I need.
That was true yesterday, it's true today, and will still be true tomorrow.