In high school I had a lot of energy. I was focused on enjoying the present time in my life. I enjoyed the company of my best friend Albert, supporting my Mesa High Jackrabbit sports teams, Barq’s strawberry soda, and I guess, getting my homework completed each day (girls would come later). I did have some thoughts about where my life would go after High School in the back of my mind. My father would at times ask me what I wanted to do with my life. I would reply I didn’t know yet, to which he would say “you should know”. What can I say, I was young!
I was in my last semester of my senior year when I bought a car with my dad’s assistance to gain financing. I had a part-time job making my own payments. It was an Opal Record with lots of power-NOT!
As I entered college, I was working full time and was able to get a 64 Chevy Impala with a 4-barrel carburetor which was supposed to be FAST. I had everything, right? Independence, my plans, job, health, spending money, car, attending college, and a supportive family.
Did I mention in my junior year of high school I found Jesus Christ and allowed Him to become the center of my life? Jesus was now My God: not my ego, not a car, not my family, not friends, not money, not girls, not health, not a chubby Buddha statue, and not a zeal for adventure or going fast. There are many things that we can hold as “God” in our lives. We must choose wisely, and be pure of heart. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”. Mat 5:8 ESV
What the Bible says:
Isaiah 46:4-9 NIV "Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. “With whom will you compare me or count me equal? To whom will you liken me that we may be compared? Some pour out gold from their bags and weigh out silver on the scales; they hire a goldsmith to make it into a god, and they bow down and worship it. They lift it to their shoulders and carry it; they set it up in its place, and there it stands. From that spot it cannot move. Even though someone cries out to it, it cannot answer; it cannot save them from their troubles. “Remember this, keep it in mind, take it to heart, you rebels. Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me."
What have we set up as our center of focus and attention?
What are the things we hold in highest esteem?
Who can give me a fulfilled life and save me from the peril of myself for eternity? JESUS