I’m thinking about priorities this Christmas.
While I’ve spent four days dwelling on Garuda Indonesia First Class a civil war continues in Syria. It appears thankfully drawing to a close, but 400,000 have already been killed.
War rages in Somalia and Boko Haram continues it campaign of terror in central and western Africa. Ethnic violence continues in Sudan, Libya is still burning, and nearly 10,000 have been killed in drug-related deaths in Mexico this year.
Yes, war seems an inventible bane of human existence, but that’s not all.
Millions continue to starve. Clean water is still scarce. Access to affordable health care is limited, even in wealthy nations like the United States.
And then there are friends and family separated by great distance. By distance, I don’t just mean geographically, but great chasms of pain and hardship. Sometimes we bring that on ourselves by forgetting what our priorities are.
24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week is simply not enough time for the ambitious to accomplish their goals. Thus, we must learn to use our time wisely, lest we fall into the trap of selfishness or foolishness.
Here’s my thought for your this day, whether you celebrate Christmas culturally, religiously, or not at all. Evaluate your priorities please and make sure that you are truly doing what matters most.
My wife is encouraging me to fly to Singapore tomorrow to secure the Garuda ticket (and not of a desire to get rid of me). I have grave reservations. What would it profit me to gain the Garuda ticket, but lose precious moments with my wife and child?
We humans tend to be good at convincing ourselves to do what is not in our best interest. Sometimes the only way we know what is in our best interest is to listen to others. Hearts can be hard; minds can be stubborn. Often, it is the gentle admonition of a loved one that finally helps us to see the reality of the situation.
Oh, getting caught up in first class upgrades and five-star hotels is a great sport, but woe to us if it ever supersedes the loved ones in our lives. With so much conflict in the world this season, let us count our blessings and remember to be charitable to those in need. Let us make our priorities right each day of the year.