A few years ago in San Antonio, a mother and grandmother accidentally locked their newborn baby in the car in the 120 degree heat. They became upset and frantically scrambled to unlock the car, repeatedly checking and rechecking the doors. A neighbor tried opening the lock with a coat hanger, but this time-tested method apparently didn’t work with their new-fangled car locks. (I’m guessing they didn’t have Onstar, either!)
The baby began crying, turning blue, and foaming. It was soon becoming a life-and-death situation. Finally, a tow truck driver came to the rescue and unable to open the door, took a hammer and smashed the window. You’d think he was a hero in the eyes of the mother and grandmother, but in fact they became angry with the driver. After all, he had smashed the window of their car.
The tow truck driver was incredulous. He later told the media, “What’s more important, the baby or the window?”
Sometimes in our Christian lives, we tend to get our priorities shuffled. We can easily adopt an attitude of legalism. We obsess over things that are not important and ignore matters of spiritual significance.
That’s why we need a periodic examination of our hearts in light of Scripture. It is during these times that we need to adjust our goals, calendars, and focus and bring them in line with God’s will.
Ask the Lord to help you evaluate your priorities so that you avoid putting the trivial ahead of the significant.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder