What Matters Most

It’s a constant challenge to develop deep and meaningful friendships in our fast and furious society. While we try and cram more into each day, we try and cram relationships into them as well – and results can be shallow. Think of when a rock is thrown and skips across water before sinking. It flies at high speed and bounces off the surface to maintain momentum. Can you imagine Jesus teaching and performing miracles at such a pace? This is a good reminder to slow down, to be intentional, to soak in God’s grace, and to focus on what’s truly important, which are matters of the heart. When you do, life is so much more as it should be, and the way God intended.

On landing at Caesarea, [Paul] went up and greeted the church and went down to Antioch. And after spending some time there, he set out, traveling through on place after another in the Galatian territory and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples. (Acts 18:22-23 CSB)

I don’t want to see you now just in passing, for I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord allows. (I Corinthians 16:7 CSB)

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10 NIV)

And after [Judas and Silas] had spent some time, they were sent off in peace by the brothers to those who had sent them. (Acts 15:33 ESV)

Lord, help me to take a deep breath today and really think about the most important things I should focus on – things that are meaningful and lasting. Help me to see You and touch others in a way that truly matters. Amen.

This is an excerpt from 100 Days of Grace & Gratitude by Shanna Noel and Lisa Stilwell. We are coming to the end of our Grace & Gratitude series. If you have enjoyed this series, consider purchasing a copy of this devotional book to continue diving deeper into the topic of Grace & Gratitude, or shop all DaySpring Books and Devotionals here.