11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:11-12 (NIV).
I got up late today, still lulled by the hum of the heater overhead, in a cozy cocoon of blanket and comforter, the dawn just a whisper of light through the window. My mental list of things to do, awakening. Kids’ calls down the hall, coffee pot turned on, breakfast cereal poured.
These words of encouragement to Timothy nearly shred my to-do; they fill these lungs with a gasp. Because as I consider the day and the potential grumbles and fights ahead, I did not connect it to the good fight. In my pursuit of laundry, tidying, teaching, and the moments of just getting by–my eyes lift from what’s around me and seek eternal.
I feast on encouragement … pursue … fight … take hold.
Lord, you are so good. Thank you for setting my priorities straight. It’s not so much the pursuit of laundry as it is the pursuit of love.