I started thinking about how sad it was that they had missed the start of the film and then I noticed that they were all holding popcorn and drinks.
What struck me as being really strange about this was that they had made themselves even later by stopping to buy snacks after they had got their tickets. Now, I’m as much a fan of snacks as anyone else but I would have thought that the main point of going to the cinema was to actually see the film. This family had some lovely looking and very expensive snacks (we take our snacks in with us but shhh!!, don’t tell anyone) but they had missed nearly a quarter of the film.
At the beginning of this new year I wonder what we consider the point to be? If we have a clear purpose, are we living our lives in line with it or are we getting distracted by secondary things?
Christians believe that Jesus is our Lord and Saviour. We may believe that, but does the way that we live our lives match and demonstrate our belief? Are we focused primarily on Jesus or have we made other things more important than him in our everyday lives?
Ironically, one of the things that we can elevate above Jesus is Church. Focusing on Church more than Jesus is like missing the beginning of the film in order to buy snacks. Church is good and snacks are good but neither of them is the main or the most important thing. Christians invest a lot of energy in church, but our main aim should be to invest energy in loving and following Jesus (which incidentally will involve being part of a community of Christians which is what church is).
When we place Jesus first, everything else, such as Church, relationships, work, life choices etc actually begin to make more sense. Putting Jesus first doesn’t mean that we don’t value these and other areas of our lives, but it does mean that we approach them with God’s help, perspective and guidance.
At the beginning of this new year, let’s decide what we are living for and then let’s actually live for it.