I have been involved in several interesting conversations in the past couple weeks. Each conversation has turned to what is important, or more clearly stated, what is most important. Yes, there are tasks that need to be accomplished. There are places that we need to go. There is an endless list of responsibilities. It is easy for some things to take precedence. Sometimes we live with the urgent being the most important thing we tackle. We should make the most important thing the most urgent thing. It is too easy for me deal with fires, not priorities.
People appreciate the fact that I shower and brush my teeth before going anywhere everyday. Well, no one thinks about it, but they would notice if I didn't. Most people don't observe my daily prayer or Bible reading time, but they would certainly begin to notice if it weren't happening on a regular basis.
I like to remind the children of Proverbs 20:11, “Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.” Our 3rd to 5th grade students have been talking about relationships during PDX on Wednesday evenings. We talked about bullies and how we are to respond to them based on Scripture. We talked about encouraging words. We talked about making friends and respecting others. All of those things are shown in actions.
Our actions show who we are. Our actions define what others think of us. Our actions show our character and how God is working in our lives. As individuals and as a congregation, our character shows in everything that we do. Are we loving and respectful? Are we grateful for what God has done in our lives? Are we willing to give of ourselves as Christ gave for us? Are our actions and attitudes pleasing to God and appealing to others?
In our busy and often overloaded days, it is easy to forgot that God, family and friends are always the most important part of our day. Let's show character that honors God and blesses those with whom we spend our time. “Even a child is known by his actions.”