Happy Labor Day! In case you didn’t know, Labor Day is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. What better way to celebrate than by creating some space to rest today? When we prioritize rest in our natural rhythms, we mimic the Lord’s directive in Matthew 11:28. Take some time today to do something that restores your heart, mind, soul, and body. Go for a walk or meet up with friends; Talk to a loved one or spend time with family. As you close out your day, lift up a prayer, thanking God for the precious blessing of rest!
We’ve all had times when we feel like we don’t have enough. We often observe through wanting eyes, and it easily distracts us from prioritizing contentment. We must learn to be content with what we have because contentment cultivates calm in our lives. As you read over Philippians 4:11-13, personalize those words in prayer. Surrender all the comparison traps and skewed perspectives. As you go throughout your day, notice the things you do have, and are grateful for. Internalize (or audibly vocalize if you prefer) a quick word of thanks to the Lord for providing what you do have.
Have you ever wondered, “What’s my purpose in life?” You’re not alone! Here’s something that might help. Take inventory: What are you passionate about, what excites you, what do you find yourself daydreaming about? Take a moment to write down some things you are genuinely passionate about and then read over Ecclesiastes 9:10. As you reflect on that verse and the list you have written, begin to think about what you can do today to start making a move towards accomplishing one of those things. Through prayer, invite God to help you make the decisions and your next right step!
In your life, there will be opportunities to prioritize a lot of things. Culture will tell you there’s a lot of things to prioritize. We could prioritize money, our jobs, getting recognized, being well-liked and respected, and the list goes on. To become more like Jesus, we MUST prioritize people. Jesus set a great example of this in John 8:1-11. As you read over that passage, think about people in your life that you can show up for in a more significant way. Pray today that God would open up pathways to faith-filled conversations, acts of kindness, and authentic relationships with people in your everyday life.
Do you see the world as generative, full, and abundant? Or do you see the world as a fixed resource—the more someone else has, the less you get? How would your faith change if you prioritized having an abundance mindset? Read over Luke 6:38 and make a deliberate decision today to choose abundance over scarcity. Decide to live with generosity when it comes to all areas of your faith and life. As you pray today, seek God for some bold moves towards growing and sharing your faith. As you wrap it up, trust God to take care of the details of your life. He will help you as you continue to put purpose first!
TALK IT OVER
- Do you typically pack a lunch or grab lunch on-the-go?
- What’s your favorite lunch spot?
- What charitable causes are you most passionate about?
- What has been your best volunteering experience ever?
- How do you make efforts to prioritize contentment?
- How do you make efforts to prioritize what you’re passionate about?
- How do you make efforts to prioritize people?
- How do you make efforts to prioritize faith?