In the hustle and bustle of life it’s easy to get lost in the sea of priorities and expectations. The past several months have been a period of transition and readjustment for me. In moving back home after years away, starting a new job, and finding my place in our community again. I quickly got swept up in the busyness of my schedule and began letting my weekly plans control my life. I’m sure that many, if not most of you can relate.
A few weeks ago, a friend and I were discussing the busy culture we live in and that there is a need to prioritize, now more than ever. She told me she had recently done a study on the word “priority”. In studying she found that priority originated as a singular word, and was not made plural until the 21st century. I realized we were not meant to have “priorities” but rather one priority. The word priority means the one thing that is regarded as more important than all others.
The Bible refers to what our priority should be in countless passages. Colossians 3:2 tells us to “set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” In Matthew 22:37 we are given the first and greatest commandment, “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Then, Luke 12:34 puts in all in perspective by saying, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
If I continued letting my schedule control my life, and got swept up in the busyness…I began to have vague priorities. I was committing to a lot, and honestly not doing any of it to the fullest. So, I stopped, stepped back, and refocused on what I wanted others to see in my life. I took time to ask myself what were they seeing now and how did I need to change.
I challenge you to take time to think about what your priority is currently, and to know that you have control over it changing if needed. I challenge you to find what you want your priority to be and to put in the work to make it a reality. Thinking about a priority and putting it in place are two very different things. I would also encourage you to join me in making this a monthly practice.
Questions to ask yourself monthly:
- Is my schedule controlling my life? How can my priority guide my schedule?
- If I look at my life as it is right now, what priority am I living out?
- If others see my life as it is now, what priority would they see me living out?
- Do I see the need for my priority to change? What steps need taken to do that?
I pray that this both encouraged and challenged you. Break the chains of your busy schedule and take time to find your “one thing”. I’d love to hear how the Lord is working in your heart to redirect your focus.