When you think everything is important you live like nothing is important.
If that sounds confusing, here’s what I mean.
If you think that everything in your life is a priority, you’re not actually making anything a true priority. Imagine your time and energy divided up into a pie chart. If you say your relationship with God is important, but so is your family, your career or grades, your friendship circle, your reputation, your soccer skills, your travel schedule, your looks, your bank account, and your hobbies… you’ve just divided yourself equally in 10 different ways!
But the very word “priority” suggests that some things need to occupy a larger percentage of the pie.
Unfortunately, many of us struggle with lives that are too busy or complicated. And that complication is often a result of not knowing what our true priorities are (and therefore letting other things bully their way into our brains and schedules).
Proverbs 4:25 says, “Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.” It’s a warning against the distraction of lesser pursuits.
That’s why I think you should pray about and write down your priorities.
I talk to a lot of people, and I’ve never heard a single one say that priorities aren’t important. But the people who actually have a wise, godly focus in their weekly routine, are the ones who have taken the time to identify what’s truly key and re-organize their lives as a result of what they’ve learned.
Friends, when you think everything is important you live like nothing is important.
So prayerfully think about your priorities, write them down, and start to live differently as a result.
By Matthew Ruttan
- Today’s “Up!” is partly based on my Sunday message which was part 1 in a series called “Simplify: How to simplify your life for God’s glory and your sanity.” You can listen in here. Enjoy!