Philippians Chapter 1

How easy it is to be caught up in what doesn’t matter.  I don’t think it is intentional.  We have jobs, kids, and obligations.  Pretty soon life becomes one big “ToDo” list.  

I look at the things that mattered so much to me over the years.  What was I going to wear? Did I really say that? What does that person think of me? I can’t believe they took my parking spot!

I turned 50 this year and it has been kinda magical.  There is a certain perspective that happens when you hit the golden year.  I am finding that all of the little things that once mattered to me don’t anymore.  What a relief! The filter is a little better on what I say. You can have that parking spot I was about to pull into.  I’m wearing comfortable shoes.  Because none of that stuff really matters!

And that brings me to verse 10. “For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.”  That causes my focus to shift from myself here and now to an eternal perspective where I long to hear my Lord say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21.  

Paul’s and my prayer for you - May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation - the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ – for this will bring much glory and praise to God.  v11 (and you!)