What Matters Most
When we want something badly, it’s easy to focus on the thing we want. We become more focused on the bulls-eye than on God. We focus on the thing instead of the one who gives it. Let us not focus on things. Instead, let us trust in God, who tells us not to worry about things. God has promised to take care of us. Jesus said to his disciples:
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you--you of little faith. -Luke 12:22-28 (NIV)
We live in a goal-oriented society, so it's natural for us to focus on outcomes. We are pressured to succeed in all areas of life, so we can't help but judge the success of our prayers. The goal of life is transformation. Success is measured by the breadth of our hearts. God cares more about our transformation than our successes or failures. Are we trusting in Him? Are we growing and learning? Have we learned to love ourselves and others? Is our relationship with God deepening in intimacy? Faith needs a target, so always aim for the highest good. Trust in God, not in outcomes. And allow God work in your heart and life, no matter what outcomes take place.
About the Author
Rick Hocker is a game programmer, artist, and author. In 2004, he sustained a back injury that left him bedridden in excruciating pain for six months, followed by a long recovery. He faced the challenges of disability, loss of income, and mounting debt. After emerging from this dark time, he discovered that profound growth had occurred. Three years later, he had a dream that inspired him to write his award-winning book Four in the Garden. His intent was to illustrate one's growth toward deep communion with God, and to share the insights he gained from the personal transformation that resulted from his back injury. Rick lives in Martinez, California, with his husband, Mark. Find out more at rickhocker.com and at amazon.com/dp/0991557700.