Quoting Charles Caleb Colton who once said that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”, we often imitate the person we admire. In the spiritual realm this habit can become problematic. If we put a person between us and God, we’ll have problems accessing Him and vice versa. God likes to have a direct connection with you. He wants to get your attention. If there are obstacles to this connection, most likely God is currently working on removing them, however, your involvement is required at some point. God is not in the habit of violating your will.
Whatever we value sums up who we are. Of course we’re not one-dimensional. We value many things, but then there’s a tendency. We look at time and effort we invest, and we just know what is important to us.
If good looks are vital to us we’re in for a heart break. Aging will change our looks.
If family is everything to us, then most likely we’ll get very frustrated. Family units change all the time. Children move away, family members pass away. Then there is divorce and miscommunication. “We can pick our friends, but we can’t pick our family” is a proverb illustrating complicated family relationships.
If work is number one, then obviously we’ll run into all kinds of problems with the people in our lives. Nobody likes to be number two, and if work comes first your dearest friends will be number two – that is if you have any friends left.
I’m going to stop here – there are plenty of other examples, but the bottom line is: we harvest what we sow. It does not make much sense to invest into something that has little or no future. To make the most of life is to focus on our heart and soul, which is the engine of our existence; it’s the part of us that can connect to God.
It’s our connection to God that carries on into the future, beyond death. As such it takes precedence. We sow into our connection with God, we harvest a dynamic relationship that will continually amaze us. And I will say only this: God is very interesting to explore!