It’s the busiest time of the year, day, work schedule, you name it! There are so many things to do, projects to work on and people to speak with. What is the first thing to go when you are so busy?
Lately, I wonder, if this was my very last day on earth, how would I prioritise?
It is a good thing to prioritise. I have noticed that when I get busy and stressed, it can be quicker to cull things that actually help to not only survive from day to day but to thrive. These things can be anything between drinking enough water in my day, spending quality time with friends, listening (this requires attention and patience), eating a well-balanced diet or spending time in prayer and meditation. When life gets busy, what is the first thing to go? Or if I rephrase it, what do we choose to allow to remain?
I think that a really good reminder of what we should prioritise and what we shouldn’t, is found in 1 Corinthians 13. Ok, so we usually read this and know that it’s talking about love. What do priorities have anything to do with it? Stay with me. The chapter begins by saying that if we have great degrees, wealth, ability, talent and generous hearts it all pales in comparison to having true love in our hearts. It goes further to say that none of that matters if we are not making true love a priority. True love is the key word here. What is love? “God is love”(1 John 4:8), and from him we learn how to love and what that looks like.
Finally, after demonstrating the true nature of love, the verses in Corinthians lead us to what is truly important. It organises and prioritises. I’ll include the last part of this amazing chapter in the bible because it is so good! 1 Corinthians 13:8, 11-13 (NKJV);
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
I believe that one of the things that we are reminded about in theses verses, is to check where our priorities lie, and if they are even a little skewed, to make the changes and put things into the right order. Life gets busy, we need to get things done and deadlines loom. But as we buzz through life, let’s not get so busy that we get our priorities mixed up. He reminds us that the true power of our efficiency and passion lies in putting God first and last in everything. In seeking him with our whole heart and soul and trusting our cares, worries and needs to him. Are we not told to “…seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33.
Another verse tells us to “Delight yourself also in the Lord: and he shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4.
God knows exactly what we need. He knows and values the importance of our work and he sees our effort. He knows that we need to live, work, care for the kids, get that promotion, finish that project. He gets us more than anyone else on this earth will. He simply asks us to take that stress and worry, that busy-ness and craziness and lay it at his feet.
It might seem upside down to take the time to be still with God rather than getting stuck into all the paperwork or chores we must do but, we’ll find that the time taken in prayer and study of the word will refresh our hearts and minds and give us more strength and wisdom to face whatever challenges we have in our day. We will have enough time for the things that are the most important. I usually write about the things that I need to be reminded of and today, I need that reminder to check my priorities and make sure that God is still on the throne in my heart. After that, we can go and be awesome at what we do because it’s not in our own strength that we go out into the world, but in the strength of the Lord.
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