“I want to thank you,” Stan began, “for always being ready to focus on what we have to talk about.”
“Well, you’re welcome, Stan,” I replied, “but what makes you say that?”
“The fact you leave your cell phone turned off during our time together,” Stan responded.
Continuing, he said, “This came vividly to mind the other day when I was meeting with a fellow who was constantly looking at his phone. He said he was waiting for an urgent email.”
“After he did that several times,” Stan said, “I told him to either look at the phone or talk to me, but he couldn’t do both.”
“When he objected,” Stan continued, “I was firm and told him I considered our time together to be important, but that if he thought what he called an urgent email should take priority, then that was his choice and our time together would be over.”
“That was kind of tough wasn’t it?” I replied.
“Maybe,” he replied, “but it is the same thing the Holy Spirit says to me all of the time.”
“How so?” I asked.
“When I am confronted with the choice between what I think is urgent and what God thinks is important, I have to make a choice.”
“And,” Stan continued, “the Holy Spirit often shows me that what I call urgent is just another way of allowing self to be exalted rather than to be denied.”
“What the Holy Spirit has for me is always important and what I call urgent, but which may not be important, should never outweigh it.
If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself. Matthew 16:24.
Prayer: Lord, you know how often I seek to follow myself rather than you by thinking that what I want to do is urgent and more important than what you have for me. I confess that and ask you to please forgive me. And please, Lord, help me in sorting out the difference between what is urgent, but not really important in the whole big picture, from that which you consider important. Lead and help me to follow. Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.