I have found that what takes priority is not always the most important thing.
Time constraints, fatigue (emotional or physical), lack of resources, laziness, fear, forgetfulness… and the daily agenda; all of these things potentially interfere with my “top priorities.”
I am a list maker.
The priorities in my life… the list of “things” that are most valuable often get traded for the other priority list of easier-to-accomplish-and-I-can-actually-check-this-off.
Trading is dangerous. Trading leads to less patience and more excuses. Trading, although it initially breaths a sigh of accomplishment, inevitably leads to stress. Trading hurts people, and myself.
I am saddened when I trade.
I am saddened when I see others trade.
There is a balance of the daily to-dos with the priorities of the heart… one that is hard to walk and takes much diligence. I believe that it is walked best when the relationship of a person with Jesus is not considered a priority, but as life itself. At that point his Spirit directs and imparts the necessary wisdom to navigate this consuming world.
May we live life through the breath of Jesus.
I don’t think he had lists like I do. He just loved… all the time. And he went where he was lead.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.