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What Is Sacred To You?

Liz and I have a chair in our living room that sits perfectly in the morning light and has a beautiful view out the window. In the mornings I can grab a cup of coffee, sit in that chair, and gather my thoughts for the day. In that chair I can be found reading, praying, and sometimes taking quiet naps. I consider it a sacred place. 

Early every Tuesday morning I meet with a couple good friends. They help me be a better husband and dad. We share life and try to point each other to Jesus. My weekly calendar fills up fast, but I always keep my Tuesday mornings free because I consider my time with those friends to be sacred. 

Liz and I have put a high value on church attendance. Not because it’s the “right” thing to do, not because we get extra Jesus points for showing up, and not because it’s my job and I have too. We show up on Sunday mornings, whenever possible, because it’s the only time in our week set aside to worship with other believers, corporately hear from the Scriptures, and pray with other believers. It is a sacred time. 

Sacredness is the setting apart of something for a special purpose.  In the spiritual realm, it is often associated with dedicating something to God.  Because we live in a world that is more than just what we see, the reality of the spiritual world means sacredness is all around us. But, as I try to live life with Jesus, I am constantly distracted. It helps me to commit a few physical spaces and times in my week to engaging with the Heavenly Father. I need sacred places. 

What about you? What do you hold sacred in life?  How do you cherish the sacred things in your life? How do you protect it and keep it safe? 

My generation tends to be noncommittal. We like flexibility and we like to keep our options open.  In some ways that is good, but unfortunately that also means we often miss out on some of the fruit that comes from living consistently and purposefully by engaging with the sacredness around us. Our current culture is doing everything it can to distract us from the Father, so we must do what we can to fix our eyes on Jesus. 

Jesus says in Matthew 7:6 "Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

We need sacred times and places.  Further, we need to be careful to not give our sacred time and space to a culture that will trample it and tear us to pieces. There is sacredness all around us and in everything we do. I pray we learn to cherish it, protect it, and enter in to the sacred things of the Heavenly Father.