As we near the end of this month’s discussion about priorities, what have you learned? As we read in the first blog this month, it’s so easy to get caught up in the plate-spinning act each day without realizing that we’ve thrown plates into the air that never should have been in our grasp in the first place. Author Mary Tomlinson spoke to us about discovering how our purpose ties in with our priorities and that our priorities should be relatively fluid as our lives go through different chapters. Last week, Diane shared three simple yet dangerous things we should never give priority in our lives.
What have you taken away from reading these blogs? For a lot of us, this month has been focused on taking a good long look at our to-do lists and determining what deserves a spot. Maybe you had to buy a whole new planner! Or maybe you’ve had to rearrange your daily routine to focus more on what truly matters to you instead of what others are telling you should matter.
Priorities are such an unforgiving mirror into our lives. What matters most to us is what we devote most of (if not all of) ourselves to. Have you realized that your priorities are reflecting a dependency on things that really have no value to them? Are you neglecting things of eternal significance for things of temporary worth?
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. – Psalm 90:12
We learned last month that we aren’t here to just exist for a set number of years. God has divinely crafted a plan and purpose for each of our lives, focused on bringing Him glory and experiencing a relationship with a Father unlike anything we could ever replicate on earth. How we number our days determines how on-purpose we stay. Don’t let the glitz and glam of this world distract you from doing what you should be doing each day. It’s so rewarding to end a day knowing you’ve stepped along God’s path for your life. There is no accolade or promotion worth giving that up.
Reflections on Priorities:
- Are your goals for today focused on Kingdom value or worldly value?
- Are you regularly “checking in” with God about His next steps for you?
- If you only accomplish half of your to-do list today, will you still feel accomplished?
- When was the last time you prioritized a relationship over work?
Lord, help me to number my days. Help me to focus on developing a heart full of wisdom instead of a day full of rushing around and stress. Thank you for creating the perfect plan for my life, and thank you for giving me the opportunity to use my time on earth to bring you glory and fill my life with joy. Keep me from giving priority to things that pull me away from you. Remove the desire to be admired, revered, and defined by the world, and give me instead a constant thirst for things of eternal value.