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-These 4 items are with me day in and day out. Consistently without fail they are all within arms reach. Every night before bed they’re all waiting on my nightstand, waiting for an opportunity to distract or decoy what’s really important in life.

-While reaching for my phone one recent morning I realized something. It was like words jumping from a page. Every one of these items had a meaning, a means of distraction in my life. Tools used to separate me from a relationship with God on a daily basis.

-The phone represents the media. An endless black hole of meaningless information. Information that will consume you hour after hour. Information that will cause you to question the world we live in, information that will cause you to lose your sanity or even question your existence.

-The wallet represents your job and fortune. We’ve all heard the verse, the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. While it is a necessary tool for building the kingdom of God, it can often consume us. Even control us. It can tear families and friends apart in the blink of an eye. We can become so obsessed with the LOVE of money, that we exchange our morals and standards for a fortune that can lead us to a path of destruction. Ultimately costing you much more than you bargained for...

-The watch represents our time. We often misplace our time and place value in jobs, relationships or activities that ultimately neglect the more important aspects of our life. Like our personal relationship with God, our families, and our love for the people surrounding us. We begin to rush through life, yet wonder where time has gone.

-The can of dip represents our personal addictions, or choices that seem great in the now, but have costly long term effects on our lives both physically and mentally. We begin to place value in these things. Seemingly without second thought we place a higher value on our immediate satisfaction, rather than the eternal quality of our life and relationships around us.

-The funny thing is, is that none of these items are harmful in themselves, but the value and priority we place on them is a different story. Matthew 6:33 states “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you”.

-I encourage you to take 10 minutes out of your day, evaluate your everyday surroundings and choices. Ask yourself, what are my priorities? Where have I misplaced value in my life? How can I prioritize God, family, work, and ultimately eliminate the distractions that cause us to lose sight of what is truly meaningful to us. Thank you and God Bless!

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