When talking about priorities many people will tell others what they should prioritize. You might remember the acronym J.O.Y. from Sunday school class; Jesus first, Others next, and Yourself last. That may be good, but that is not what I want to pass along when it comes to priorities. With one exception that is. I think that we all can agree that family comes first.
I will leave the priorities between you and God to establish. What I want to do is to give you 4 essentials after establishing your priorities to live them out.
- Learn to say no.
- There are only 24 hours in a day and you have finite resources. A person cannot do everything, so you need to prioritize, but that means you will need to say no to what isn’t most important.
- If need be – explain the no.
- There is usually a guilt that comes with the no. While getting ready for youth camp I had to tell my kids no to a lot of things they wanted me to do. They were disappointed until I reminded them what I was doing…after that they were good with the no, and my guilt was eased.
- Find which fire will cause the greatest damage and focus on that one.
- It would be nice to extinguish all fires, but that isn’t always possible. Find which one will cause most damage and extinguish that one.
- Learn to change focus when it is necessary.
- Priorities are fluid. Sometimes a priority needs to change because the fire is more intense somewhere else. Although I do believe in focus, there are times when the focus will need to be changed.
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