Whenever I think of priorities, I think of a third grader named Sarah.
Sarah is a bright child and stays involved in extracurricular activities to help build her knowledge and skills. Her parents are very busy with their work schedules and want what is best for their daughter, so they ensure she participates in activities that will help her do well in school and learn new things.
In fact, Sarah’s parents found so many great activities for her daughter that they signed her up for eight of them. But with their work schedules being so full, they don’t have time to take her to all of them. So, they hire a nanny to accommodate Sarah’s busy schedule.
Do you ever feel like this third grader?
We all tend to fill up our schedules with things that we think are good for us or for our children, and we let those activities take priority in our lives.
Playing sports, attending every school event, taking music or dance lessons, spending extra time on work…we block out every free moment we have for activities that we think will enrich our talents, our social lives and our overall success. We often do this because we want to make the most of our free time.
But if your schedule is like Sarah’s, time may feel like a foreign concept to you. You may feel like you have conflicting priorities and the stress of being pulled in multiple directions is wearing you down.
We can be thankful that God sees time and priorities differently than we do.
When we make His priorities our priorities, it’s nothing short of life-changing. And He has just one priority for us:
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33
Before you add another activity to your schedule, I encourage you to ask yourself, “Is this helping me seek God’s kingdom and know Him better?”
To find out more about how you can change your schedule and align with God’s priorities, watch my latest talk at Alive Church.