Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Living a life of Excellence that fits you-Preparedness
Lately on the internet, in places like pinterest and on various blogs, I have seen a fairly new craze, labeling. Now I am no rebel but I just can’t go there. 10 years ago I probably would have tried because it looks so cute and orderly. But I know me and how well that would go.
The thing is, in Proverbs 31:25 it talks about her as being prepared, “she can laugh at the days to come.”
She is free from anxiety and worry. I wonder sometimes if we can get so wrapped up with getting our homes in order that we miss out on preparing for the things that really matter.
Verse 21 of Proverbs 31 says: “when it snows, she has no fear for her household; for they are all clothed in scarlet”. Scarlet was a very expensive color to use in those days. So, does this verse mean that we have to provide the best money has to offer for our family. I don’t believe so, just as so many other places in the Old Testament, I see this verse pointing to Jesus and our salvation.
The woman in Proverbs has no fear for her household because of the scarlet blood of Jesus, He had not come yet but the verse is pointing us toward Jesus and His salvation for us. She will be with her family for eternity. She chose what was better. Do you remember that line? It was in Luke 10:42.
Martha was complaining to Jesus that her sister, Mary was not helping with all of the household chores. All Mary wanted to do was sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to all he had to say. When we hear that we say “well yeah of course she would” but Martha didn’t know exactly who she was talking to. Mary knew the work would always be with her, but Jesus would not. Jesus said to Martha “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her.”
We can run around getting our homes in order because that is what we saw on pinterest or because a friend has done it. We can make sure that everyone in our home is dressed in the latest clothes. But what is better, and what can’t be taken away.
Having a home full of peace and teaching our children about the Lord. Those are the things that are better and your children’s salvation, that can never be taken away. Our children, just like Jesus in the home of Mary, will only be with us for a short time.
One more passage for you: Matthew 6:19-21 “ Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, moth and rust can not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
When making a list of your priorities, be sure to keep this verse in mind. Which things are lasting and worthy of your priority of time and money?