In our youth ministry back in my home church where I grew up, our youth pastor had this saying: “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” I think I understood what he was saying, but that’s exactly the quote that came to mind this morning as I read in Isaiah 26.
We’re in no hurry, God. We’re content to linger in the path sign-posted with your decisions. Who you are and what you’ve done are all we’ll ever want. Isaiah 26:8 (MSG)
Isaiah spoke of a time (dreamed of a time?) when the people of God would find complete rest and peace and hope in God. He longed for the day when God would be enough for them.
I wonder, sometimes, personally if I am obedient to the extent that I am “content to linger” where God places me. Certainly, he has placed within me initiative and ambition, but can I be content in him while being ambitious to see his name and his glory proclaimed and celebrated? Certainly, I hope so.
That would play a huge role in keeping the main thing the main thing.