Where are your priorities?
What comes first in your life?
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21
A quick look at your calendar, actions, thoughts, and activities can tell you where your priorities lie.
Where you invest your time, prayers, energy, and money are also a good indicator.
Those areas that cause you stress and anxiety, are other indicators of where you place your priorities.
We are to have no, “…have no other gods before…..” God. Exodus 20:3.
Our first and foremost priority should be the Lord. Our life is meant to glorify Him, love Him, give Him thanks, and praise Him.
Our next priorities should be our husband, family, home, and so on.
I once fell into the trap of placing the cleanliness of my home above all other things in my life. It was not a great way to live, my OCD was controlling my life, and due to my actions I made living unbearable for my family.
Re-evaluating my hopes and desires and aligning with them with the Lord was what I had to do. It was through much prayer, patience, making mistakes, and relying on the grace of God that I was finally able to prioritize my life.
It was not easy to do because I was constantly fighting the temptation and the urges to clean and organize until I felt satisfied. However, these actions were about me and making me comfortable, not my family.
While you may not struggle the way I did, you may have misaligned priorities that are taking first place in your life, causing your family to suffer or your home to suffer.
Mama’s and wives, take note of this: There will be a day that your home is empty because your children leave. There may be a day that we have to live without our husbands. Your home, hobbies, and career are not the most important things.
While you may someday have a perfectly clean home after your children leave, your home will be empty.
You may be a career gal that seeks to move higher up in the ranks or earn more money; but at what expense? Who are you trying to impress? Your boss? Yourself?
Are you so focused on your looks and health that if you miss a workout you become irritable and your family pays for it?
With misaligned priorities, you are misplacing the most important things in your life.
This life, we only live once. We cannot take back yesterday, but we can fully embrace the beauty of God’s grace and forgiveness and look forward to tomorrow with hope.
Titus 2:13 says, that we can be “looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ…”
We have been given hope, joy, and peace here on earth to live out our roles as women in our marriages, as mothers, as keepers of the home, and as a Christian.
May I encourage you to live the life God has created and designed His beloved for. Look for God daily. Search His Word. Pray. Give thanks. Be thankful. Be joyful. Practice forgiveness.
Have you ever heard of the phrase, “dying to self?”
To die to self is to push aside what we want to do in the moment and focus instead on loving and serving God with everything we’ve got.
It is valuing others as highly as we value ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39). This moves us away from self-centeredness and closer to becoming open-hearted followers of Christ.
So let me ask you again, what are your priorities?
Is it time to reshift, reorganize, and reprioritize your life?
If so, seek God first. Ask Him to reveal to you what needs to go, what needs more time, and how to manage it all.
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” John 16:13