Jack received a free ticket to the Super Bowl from his company. Unfortunately, when Jack arrived at the stadium he realized the seat was in the last row in the corner of the stadium. He was closer to the Goodyear Blimp than the field!
About halfway through the first quarter, Jack noticed an empty seat 10 row off the field, right on the 50-yard line. He decided to take a chance and made his way through the stadium and around the security guards to the empty seat.
As he sat down, Jack asked the gentleman sitting next to him, "Excuse me, is anyone sitting here?"
The man said "No. Help yourself."
Very excited to be in such a great seat for the game, Jack said to the man next to him, "This is incredible! Who in their right mind would have a seat like this at the Super Bowl and not use it?!"
The man replied, "Well, actually, the seat belongs to me. I was supposed to come with my wife, but she passed away. This is the first Super Bowl we haven't been to together since we got married in 1979."
"That's really sad," said Jack, "Couldn't you find someone to take the seat? A relative or a close friend?"
"No," the man replied, "They're all at the funeral."
It is so easy for us to forget where our priorities lie in this life. We get tied up in the day to day minutia of our jobs, relationships and personal problems, and we forget to do the most important thing – to just delight ourselves in the Lord, and allow him to work in our lives. When we focus our energies on loving and worshipping him, other things have a way of just falling into place or becoming less important.
4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:
- Psalm 37:4-6 (New International Version)
Dear Lord we pray that we would have our priorities set on you and that the things that are important to us we would focus our energy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.