That all important list…

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The Summer holiday season is fast approaching and many of us will be looking forward to getting away for a bit of relaxation.

Before we leave on holiday there’s always so much to do – things to pack, fridges to empty, even getting things ready for our return. We’re regularly run around trying to sort everything at the last minute. In the excitement of going away it’s easy to forget something important. E.g. how often have you heard of people arriving at the airport without their passport? Therefore it’s always a good idea to make a list to help us plan and ensure we don’t forget anything important.

This also rings true in the rest of our lives. It’s easy to forget something important – we often have so much to think about and do that things just slip our minds. Sometimes the most important things get pushed aside by how busy we are, even pushed so far that they disappear from our lives altogether?

The Bible recognises this pressure and the way things can swamp our good intentions. In the parable of the sower Jesus uses the example of a man sowing seed to show different ways we can react to hearing God’s word.  In one of the examples the seed starts to grow but then weeds grow around it and it dies. We need to be careful that our lives aren’t like that. We must give God’s word the proper focus it needs, allowing it space and time to grow – not crowded out by the other things that compete for our time.

Time and space are precious – sometimes we need to stop, take a breath and make a list of the really important things in our lives.

Useful Bible passage to look up: Matthew 13 vs 3-8.

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