How many things can you balance at one time?
10, 15, 30… 100… 1000?
It’s a tough question, and there are a lot of variables. Prioritizing takes work, and honestly we can end up disappointed in ourselves over our choices of what’s most important. There is a tyranny of choice out there for everything from socks to chick peas to college and career. We are told we have to choose based on our interests, but those change all the time getting narrower, broader, or transforming completely.
Some of us have even started throwing together bucket lists of things we want to do before we die.
In the mean time we just balance to the best of our ability and find ourselves stranded when we can’t do all the things we want or spend the time we want to spend with the people we love.
How many things, desires, thoughts, wants, needs, hopes, dreams, can you balance at one time?
It is definitely a tough question, but I have a tougher.
If you’ve picked one dream that matters to you more than anything else, what would you give up for it?
Jesus sits down and teaches that you cannot serve two masters, and honestly, he probably means that we can either serve God or satan/money/self. Trying to balance the two at the same time is like having…. well it’s like having two bosses who completely disagree about your job description. One thinks your a plumber the other thinks you are a stock broker. Either way you get the crap end of the stick.
All this said, I think what Christ is teaching us here is that when we know what is the most important narrative of our life – the narrative where we encounter life giving from God – we have to give everything else up to follow it. This is a pearl that we sell everything to buy, a treasure we sell everything just to buy the field it’s in. Quite a deal, the deal of a life time.
So, where is this for you?
What’s your pearl?
What’s your treasure?
Sure, Christ teaches us it’s the kingdom of God, but where do you find it? Where do you interact with the divine? Where is God calling you into His kingdom, His ministry, His service?
I’ve cashed in my chips to be a pastor, because I believe it’s where I’ve been called, but that’s not everyone’s call. So, where’s yours? What’s your vocation, your calling?