Seek First

Seek First

Pursuing God's Righteousness Amidst First World Problems
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"Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles fee after all these things, and your Heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." Matthew 6:31-33

I have head, read, and recited these verses more times than I can count on my hands, but I am just now beginning to understand how to apply this to my life. I had the amazing opportunity to go on a mission trip to Zimbabwe this past summer, and that is when this passage started to click for me.

The people over there have so little, yet they worship God with so much joy in their hearts.

They may not know what they are going to eat that night for dinner, or if they will have clothes for their quickly growing child, but nevertheless they pursue the Lord with all they have, trusting that he will provide what they need.

While this is a beautiful picture and example that these people painted for me, I still thought to myself "How in the world does this apply to me?"

I have been so fortunate to live in a stable environment where I don't have to worry that I have food on my plate or clothes to keep me warm. I have had everything I could ever need and more.

While I don't have these third world problems to deal with, I still work up anxiety worrying about things. I worry about what my major is supposed to be. I worry about who I am supposed to marry. I worry about what job opportunities I might have after I graduate.

I worry about so many minute details of this world when my priority should be seeking after God's righteousness.

Rather than getting caught up in world things such as having the cutest clothes or the nicest car, my eyes should be set on Jesus. Striving to achieve righteousness by following him. Worshipping him with everything in me because of his goodness. Praising him for what he has done for me, and what he will do.

I have gone for so long not understanding this familiar passage, but the Lord has been so faithful in my life recently and is revealing to me the true value of relentlessly chasing after him above everything else.

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15 Things You Should Do For Lent This Season

Lent is so much more than going to fish fry's and giving up eating your favorite candy.
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Lent is so much more than going to fish fry's and giving up eating your favorite candy for the season. Lent is a time of reflection. It is a time to better yourself in thanks for all that God has done. Typically around this time of the year, you and your friends talk about the things you're going to give up and how hard it is going to be. But what are the good things you are going to do this Lenten season? The things that will actually make an impact? Here is a list of things you can do to get you started!

1. Stop gossiping

2. Try not to lie

3. Don't be jealous

4. Do community service

5. Pray more

6. Say thank you more

7. Say I love you more

8. Say I'm sorry more

9. Say I forgive you more

10. Perform a random act of kindness once a day

11. Donate to the less fortunate

12. Fasting

13. Write a journal about self-improvement

14. Read parts of the Bible

15. Reflect more

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Failure Through Forgiving Eyes

When failure is great, run to grace.
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Today I failed

Not at the big things, that make my heart beat faster

But at the seemingly small things, that fill my days


Failure, is just a word

But it scares even the most fearless

And it trembles the hardest of hearts

But failure is just a word

It is not an action, or a verb

Just a word


But it is a word that carries meaning

It carries weight and fear

It can sometimes even become our identity


There is just one thing we must remember

We can forgive and be forgiven

From our failures and our fear of failure


I call this failure through forgiving eyes

Not just forgiving ourselves

But God forgiving us


Yes, failure carries weight

But forgiveness is weightlessness

When we forgive and are forgiven

Our lives reveal that grace

Oh, sweet grace, is our lifeline


It is saving grace

That gives us forgiving eyes

To see every failure and every fear of failure

As forgiven

Failure through forgiving eyes

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