Remember the old fairy tale about the Pied Piper who charmed away all the rats in town? It’s a timeless classic that shows us all why we must pay attention to what matters or pay the price.
When the faithless burghers refused to pay him what they had promised, he exacted his revenge by leading all the town’s children away as well.
The moral of the story is that you we must pay attention to what matters or pay the price. So true.
It is the law of sowing and reaping. And the law works in many ways. Sow to reap, and fail to sow and you will also fail to reap.
If we fail to pay attention, we will pay the cost.
This includes everything from our health to family, faith, and finances. Sowing, reaping, and regress are not respecters of persons.
Live and grow
Growth is a natural progression of life. Everything alive is growing. God has given us life, and every day we have the opportunity to grow — physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.
As believers, we see the need for personal spiritual growth. We tend to judge the level of our spiritual growth by our shortcomings and failures. A failure in one area is never the overall gauge for your spiritual maturity.
So, let’s look at some areas we must give our attention.
God is first. The essence of spirituality is never void of personal spiritual growth. Yes, the more we seek God, the more we become like Him.
Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will have not yet appeared, but we know that when he appears, we shall be like him because we shall see Him as He is. (I John 3:2, NKJV)
Believers receive nourishment when our soul connects to the Word of God in a way that transforms us. When we nourish our soul on God’s Word, we feed our desire for more of him.
As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. (I Peter 2:2–3, NKJV)
Do you see it? We are to desire the Word of God as a baby craves milk. The nourishment from the milk causes the baby to grow. As we desire the Word and draw the nutrition from the Word of God, the result is spiritual growth.
This means that God’s Word is the sustenance of our spiritual growth.
Next to your spiritual life, your health is the next important thing. Without it, you can’t live the life you want, so be sure and take care of your body and mind. Pay attention to your physical and mental health, eat healthily and exercise daily.
Bad health is a thief of happiness and finances. The health system will eat away at your income and steal your estate. Also, pay attention to what you eat and when you eat. Regular exercise is a must and 8-9 hours of sleep will improve your health.
There are more health tips, but these are good starters.
Pay attention to your health or pay the piper — he will lead your money and joy away.
A great family is like heaven on earth. A dysfunctional family creates stress, poor health, and emotional crisis. No one needs to live there.
We must pay attention to the needs of our spouses and family. A good marriage is like heaven on earth, and it begins with who you marry and how you live.
Great relationships begin with sowing and reaping. We reap from the seeds we sow. Husbands and wives both sow seeds of love and respect toward one another and the kids – it’s a family matter.
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way, husbands should love their wives as their bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. No one ever hated his flesh but nourished and cherished it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. “Therefore, a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (Ephesians 5:25–33, ESV)
The God-kind of love and simple human respect go a long way in life.
Life is extraordinary when we do unto others as we would have others do to us. Right?
Pay attention to atrophy
What we fail to notice will decrease or waste away.
Atrophy is the decrease in size or wasting away of a body part or organ incidental to an animal or plant’s normal development or life. Atrophy often occurs due to a lack of attention.
If we ignore our spiritual life, our spiritual hunger will decrease.
If we ignore the needs of our spouse, the feeling of love will slowly decrease.
Our health will also atrophy if we fail to pay no attention to what we eat or how we look.
So let’s pay the piper and enjoy the benefits of growing spiritually, good health, and a great family.
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