What Are Your Priorities?
What Are Your Priorities?
Feb 02, 2018
"My Thought for Your Day" by Paul Minzlaff
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What is your top priority at this very moment? If you’re not sure, consider this: how can you move forward if you don’t know where you are heading? While I am grateful you made time in your busy life to read this story, I doubt that this is the top priority waiting for you.
So, let me ask you this question again with just a slightly different twist: what should be your top priority at this very moment? Let’s explore a couple of hints together that can help you get clear and move forward to experience life more fully, the life God has designed for you.
- Make time. In the gospel of Luke, we are reminded how God wants us to focus on what is important and whom our focus should be on: “She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’ ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’”
- Focus on the journey. Be committed to the process of what you do, not the results. Turn the results over to God: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2) If we focus on our faith and trust in a God who loves us, we gain confidence that our priorities are God plans: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (Jeremiah 29:11)
- Let go and trust in Him. When we choose to make God our top priority, we find more order to our days. When we dwell on yesterday and worry about tomorrow, we rob ourselves of the joy that is present today. We find strength and peace knowing that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” As our independence gives way to dependence and trust, we give thanks in all circumstances and we find boldness, knowing we have an ever-present Helper: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
God invites you daily, no, minute by minute to find renewal in him. Consider for a moment if God were posed the same question on what is HIS #1 priority? God’s response, without hesitation – YOU! He would shout – “My love for you has no boundaries. Nothing can separate you from my love." So lean on, trust in and be confident that the Lord has made you his first priority.
Thoughts to Encourage
- Don’t take God for granted. When is the last time you thanked God at the start of the day?
- Funny how life works, you can’t go forward if you are only looking behind.