Steve Mass – Staff Worship Leader
When the time comes around for my wife and I to take our monthly trip to Costco, a part of me gets crazy excited. Why, you ask? Well if you’ve ever been to a Costco you probably already know, but if you haven’t, it’s pretty much the Disneyland of wholesale shopping. A giant warehouse full of everything you could possibly need. You know, groceries, a pharmacy, Dyson ball vacuums, gazebos, kayaks in packs of 4 (just in case the first 3 break…), pretty much the basics. If there were to be a zombie apocalypse, the first place I would go to take shelter would be here for sure 🙂 You could live for years in that store, and never go hungry or get bored.
Here’s where my problem comes about. There are so many things to look at (for a great bargain I might add) that it could take me all day just to look at it all! My already distracted personality probably doubles that time. There are thousands of items, that I probably don’t need, but I HAVE to look at them all because, well, I can, and I lose sight of our original intent for going; meat, water bottles, and toilet paper.
But a revelation came over me as we got home, Costco is the perfect representation of our culture. We have so many things in our lives that are pulling our attention in every which way that it can make it hard to remember the whole purpose for being here. For some it’s getting an education, maybe securing a good paying job to support your family, having a nice house or car, finding a spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend, etc. But as Christians, our sights are set on something different. That doesn’t mean the things I said previously can’t be a part of our lives (in fact I think certain people are meant to have those things in order to bless others, but that’s another blog) but they aren’t our purpose for living. Our media rich culture can distract us with things like worry, doubts, shortcoming, failures, pride, and the list goes on. Those thoughts can consume us and blind us from our true purpose.
15-17 Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity. – 1 John 2:17 MSG
This isn’t a blog on materialism, though. It’s about staying focused on the end goal. Stopping ourselves from staring at hundreds of TVs or dropping by every food sample cart, and just grabbing the paper towels, which was why you showed up in the first place. Our purpose on Earth is bringing the love of the Father to those that don’t know him. Engaging in the world around us. If we lose sight of this then we are just spinning our wheels. I constantly need to be reminded of whats important in life and what needs to take a back seat to allow me to focus.
What are things that are pulling you away from God’s purpose? How do you regain focus? These are questions we should be asking ourselves daily, because there is more to life than us.