Nothing is more important than being right about what is important, and serving it with your life through each situation as it arises from beginning to end. The same thing goes for what matters most. Human beings throughout time, have been famous for missing the point of their life, striving for the wrong ends, using means inappropriate to the occasion and barking up the wrong tree. For not having a clue about what's important. We have done what everybody else was doing in the service of what everybody else said was important. Or done what somebody else told us was important. Lived to please the wrong people, and spent our life doing the wrong things. Jesus said it best: "Why don't you judge for yourselves what is right?" What is right? Who says so? What do you say? How do you know if you are right about what is right? Take up the quest to discover who guides your boat on its path through the sea. Who tells you what is right and what is wrong, what is good, what is bad, what is important, what matters most. And what makes you think they know what they are talking about? Or, do you just not want the responsibility yourself, and don't care if they know what they are saying or not? If you were all alone in the world, how would you decide/know what to do?
The Bible is a collection of writings from people about what they thought was important, collected by people who thought what they had to say was important. It belongs to, and needs to be read in conjunction with, all similar writings by other people throughout time, as a source of reflection for our own ruminations regarding what is important, and a pathway to realization as we make connections, find similarities, uncover themes and trends, ask all the questions that beg to be asked (And all the questions their answers beg to be asked) in forming our own idea about what matters most, finding our own center, anchoring ourselves onto our own foundation, and living in light of, and in service to, what we know to be important out of our own experience with life and our own observations of life being lived around us. What is helpful? What works? What is guiding our boat on its path through the sea?
Every single thing in the cosmos (And anywhere else) strives for homeostasis, for balance and harmony, for equilibrium, equanimity, peace, smooth and easy. That is the first thing. The second is this: Flowers turn toward the sunlight, bees search out the flowers, ants find the picnics, cats land on their feet, and water seeks its own level. Every single thing in the cosmos (Etc.) has its own innate nature, its own original nature, its own way of doing things. Roots go downward, limbs and branches go upward. Geese fly south in the fall and north in the spring. And nothing knows why. That is the second thing. This is the third thing: How does this pertain to you? What does this have to do with you? How do you fit into this picture? How do you find your balance and harmony? What is your original nature? How do you assist with-- or work against-- yourself? How is this going to impact your way with life going forward?
Where do you take refuge? Where do you find solace? Where do you go to restore your soul? What are your sources of comfort and courage? What keeps you going? It is important to know these things, and to consciously, deliberately, intentionally, willfully and regularly avail yourself of their balms and salves, their peace and consolation. We aren't much without the sustaining retreats to "the land of gentle breezes where the peaceful waters flow" (Anne Murray, Snowbird). Know where to go when you need to, and go there!