Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Phillipians 4:8

Priorities

I have been thinking a lot lately about priorities and specifically about what my priorities should be. There are the obvious ones, like my relationship with God and things that nurture it, like prayer, devotions and worship. Then there is family - devotion to my husband and children and my role in their life as wife and parent, from the spiritual aspect to the practical aspects, like laundry and meals and housework. But what about the opportunities beyond these essential priorities? What comes next?

The main priorities consume a good majority of my time, but there are a couple hours a day left for the 'other' stuff. I often wonder and pray about if I am spending that time on the right 'stuff'? There are many things I enjoy doing during that time, but they can often turn into mini gods and can spill into the other areas of my life and cause me to derail from my focus on the real priorities. For example, as I work on stuff for my latest business venture - SpeedScraps - it is easy to get caught up in the details of it. I can spend way to much time looking at the facebook page to see if their are new fans and then checking out their blogs and websites and before I know it, an hour or two has passed and I have accomplished little. Yes, I enjoy doing it and it is a 'downtime' for me, much like television for others. But I have just been wondering lately if there is something else God wants for me.

As I was thinking about this on Sunday, God impressed on my mind two particular people that I think He would like me to invest some of my time in. Then, at Church later that morning, the message totally affirmed the ideas that were going through my head about how to invest in these two people. I have also realized in the last couple of days that the things that make me smile the most are when I hear people say 'you inspire me' or even better 'you have influenced my walk with Christ' and this helps me to re-focus my priorities. 

I am putting these thoughts in writing here as a way to hold myself accountable to what has been going through my head the last few days. It would be very easy for me to brush off these thoughts as too time consuming and requiring to much self sacrifice. But I know from past experience that when I follow and obey these promptings, blessings follow.

So, what are your priorities? Anything God is nudging you to do or change?

2 comments:

Elisha said...

I know God is speaking to me when I hear the same message from different areas in my life. From our study on Ephesians in adult SS - "Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil." (Ephesians 5:15-16, NIV), from my email devotion, "How can we be set apart in our e-life? How can we establish healthy e-boundaries that will protect our purity and our time with God? Perhaps we could start by taking an honest look at the amount of time we commit to our social e-lives versus the amount of time we commit to spending in God's Word and in His presence each day. (Did that sting? Rest assured, it stings me too.)" -Gwen Smith, to your blog message, Christy. Thanks. And thanks be to God!

Christy said...

Thanks Elisha! I always feel the same way...that if I am getting the same message from multiple directions, then I know God is speaking to me. :) The balance game...it is a constant battle. :)