Keep the “Mainest” Thing, the “Mainest” Thing

Keep the “Mainest” Thing, the “Mainest” Thing

This year, 2020, has taught us many things. Some of the things we likely wish we had not had to learn; but many of the things that came out are good things. We learned how to appreciate others for what they do for us, we learned how much we value spending time with those we love, we learned that we enjoy being in the presence of our loved ones, we learned that a phone call or text can make someone’s day, and we learned that life is valuable and sometimes taken for granted.

 

I remember an illustration a Sunday School teacher used many years ago. He started by acknowledging the fact that we are all very busy and have full lives with jobs, family, church, friends, and activities. Then he asked, “If you were told that you were being given a free 7-day cruise – all expenses paid (cruise, airfare, food, etc.) – but you had to leave tomorrow, would you clear your schedule and go?” Most of us responded with, “Yes, absolutely.” He proceeded then to point out how we had just changed our priorities for the next 7 days in less than 5 minutes. As a group, we listed things that would have to be done to be able to leave the next day. Both spouses would have to call their bosses and get the time off, parents would have to work with teachers if the kids were going to miss school, travel arrangements to get to the port would need to be made, packing would have to be done, arrangements made for pets, and the list went on. He then drew us into the point of his fairy-tale illustration. When something is important to us, we make it the focus and make it happen. 

When something is important to us, we make it the focus and make it happen.

During this crisis, we have made it our focus to show appreciation to those serving in the community, finding alternate ways to spend virtual time with those we love, and be intentional in communicating and encouraging others through calls and texts. As states and countries begin to reopen and we regain the ability to move about, go to work, and go to stores and restaurants, how do we make sure we don’t lose sight of these good things we learned during this crisis?  Since we are already doing this, the easy answer is, “Just keep doing it.” But, just as with the cruise, after 7 days of being away and enjoying quality time with the family, it would end, and life would pick up again with jobs, family, church, friends, and activities.

When I was younger my dad used to tell me, “Keep the mainest thing, the mainest thing!” He was telling me to make sure I kept the most important things at the forefront and not let other, less important things, divert my attention. Sometimes that was, and is, easier said than done. It takes prayer, dedication, and commitment to accomplish this. God’s Word is always a good place to start when you have a challenge at hand. Here are some Scriptures that encourage staying focused on what is important:

  • Colossians 3:2 – “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
  • Philippians 2:3-4 – “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
  • 1 John 3:11 – “For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.”
  • Psalm 37:23-24 – “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand."

I challenge you to take some time to ponder those things that you learned during this crisis. Decide what things you want to continue doing and make them your “mainest things!”

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Kim Rider

Kim is the Director of Operations at Lead Like Jesus. She comes to the Lead Like Jesus team with nearly two decades of management and IT experience, including network support, project management, and department director roles. She also enjoys communications, and writes as a hobby.  She received her dual Bachelor’s of Arts degrees in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration from Piedmont College in Demorest, GA.

 
Kim and her husband live in Northeast Georgia with their two children and grandson.  She enjoys playing golf, running, and hiking in the North Georgia mountains.

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