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29 October - Prioritise

What are you doing, and what are you prioritising?

What consumes your life and your time and how often do you run ahead, doing what you think up at the time, and feels good, giving no thought to the consequences.

If that wasn’t true we wouldn’t have an obesity crisis, people would be in healthier relationships, have less debt and would enjoy more fulfilling jobs and edifying pursuits. The bible urges us to measure our days, to make the most of every opportunity, and that He has a plan.

He encourages us to pause regularly and catch our breath so that we can examine our life, relationships and what we are spending our life on, so we can make wise choices that will enable us to live purposefully.

We can easily determine what our priorities are by how much time we spend with someone or something. So what should we spend our life on? The bible exhorts us to make eternal things the priority. The television shows we watch, the latest news on social media won’t last. All our knowledge, it won’t last. The wealth and what we can accumulate won’t last. Getting our name in the history books doesn’t matter either, if we fail to get our name in the book of life in heaven. (Revelation 20:12-15) The only things that really matter are those that have eternal significance. Jesus said, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36).

He advised us to make it a priority to “Seek first the kingdom of God and His way of living. Then all the other things the world says are important will be added to us as well” (Matthew 6:33). When Jesus is a priority, we spend quality time with Him, in His Word and in prayer finding out what he is doing and choosing to be a part of that.. If God is a priority, what He says goes, which then enables him to be able to lead us in the best plan He has for our lives.

Each and every person has God-given talents, gifts and abilities. But to discover and walk in those things will mean we need to examine our lives honestly, prioritise what and who is important, and choose to live purposefully every day.

“One day our lives will pass before our eyes, let's make it worth watching.”Therefore see that you walk carefully [living life with honour, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people], making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish and thoughtless, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17 Amp)

Prayer: Lord please help me to measure my days and to live a life filled with meaning and purpose. I ask for wisdom to prioritise so that what is important, rather than what looks urgent will be first on my schedule today. In Jesus name Amen.

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