Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Ordering Life's Priorities

Here's today's meditation from Forward Day by Day.

Mark 8:34-9:1. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?

"Too late have I loved Thee," wrote Saint Augustine in the fifth century. He was lamenting the fact that he had ordered his life's priorities mistakenly for too long. It is tempting, and so very easy, to believe that things that have no life will give us life. We are bombarded with messages that equate a fulfilled life with possessions, power, prestige, beauty, and wealth. In the end, none of these last and, even more tragically, the unbridled pursuit of them slowly kills. All too often it takes personal misfortune, or at least a near miss, to cause us to realign our priorities.

"Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee," continued Augustine. Jesus said he came that we might have life and have it abundantly. He lived a life of sacrificial love for all. Such a life will not impress others on the freeway or in the board room. It will probably not turn heads on the street. On the other hand, it will sustain us eternally and give us true joy and fulfillment. The choice is always ours.

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