PRIORITIES: LETTERS FROM SYDNEY
By Darlene Zschech
Hey lovely people. Wherever this issue finds you, I pray that you are doing great, whether in the valley or on the mountaintop, for our God is so faithful and is the very best at simply meeting with us wherever we are.
Today I want to speak to each of you about your priorities, and ask you how you are doing when it comes to keeping the main thing the main thing in your own list of priorities.
God Himself keeps the list fairly straightforward for each of us as He reminds us many times throughout the Word, to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Mattew 6 says to seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you. Sounds easy, but how often have each of us gotten ourselves tied up in knots over simply being too busy, too preoccupied in mind and heart with trivial endeavors and in the struggle for keeping up with everyone else? In the cultures of success many of us live in, we can easily fail to meet the cry of God’s heart for our lives, and we settle again for the praises of man rather than the peace of God.
Life in the 21st century, as magnificent and convenient as technology has allowed, is largely void of space in our everydays for meditating on God and waiting for His voice—unless you have made this a priority.
In Revelation chapter 2, the Lord commends the Ephesian leaders for their hard work, but challenges their reasoning by saying that in their eagerness to work for God, they had become so distracted that their hearts were not pointed toward God. KEEP READING
What's Your Reaction?
Australian Darlene Zschech is acclaimed all over the world as a composer, worship leader, pastor, author and speaker, and became most well known for her involvement in the worship team at Hillsong Church, Sydney, Australia over many years. Although she has achieved numerous gold albums and her songs are sung in many nations of the world, Darlene’s success simply stands as a testimony to her life’s passion for serving God and people with all her heart. Alongside her husband Mark, they are the Senior Pastors of Hope Unlimited Church (HopeUC) on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia, which has now grown into India and the USA. As a composer, Darlene is perhaps most famous for the chorus “Shout to the Lord”, a song that is sung by millions of churchgoers every week and has been covered by many other artists. In addition to “Shout to the Lord”, Darlene has written many songs through solo projects: “Kiss of Heaven”, “Change Your World”, “You Are Love”, “In Jesus Name” and “Revealing Jesus”, a live worship album recorded with the Grammy Award winning Israel Houghton. Through the Compassionart project in 2008, Darlene was honoured to have the privilege of writing with some of the most generous-hearted worship writers and leaders of our day.