According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the definition of a priority is something that is considered more critical than other maters. Time can be the biggest priority for a lot of people. Do you catch yourself saying, “I don’t have time for that.” “Where did the time go?” Or “There are not enough hours in a day.” It is not about having the time it is about making time.
Prioritizing your soul first is how to prioritize everything else. You need to sit with God, walk 30 minutes with God, or go for a run and talk to Him first about your day. If you have spiritual strength, then the chaos of the day is significantly reduced.
Determine what matters. If everything is a priority, then nothing can be a priority. Do not over-commit because when you do, you will forget about your priorities. You cannot do everything for everyone. When you try to do that, your priorities are in jeopardy. Saying “NO” to something allows you to say “YES” to something else. If you want to achieve your goals and bring value to the work you do and people you serve, you must take a proactive approach to prioritize your time — before it’s gone.
Do you remember the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:42? Stop and take a look around your house. Can you imagine if Jesus showed up with his disciples at your front door to visit with you right now? Is your home beautiful, neat, and organized or a mess? Do you have any food to offer Jesus and his disciples for a special feast, or is all you have are some stale peanuts and cold pizza? Would you act in a panic or fall to your knees?
The two sisters worked just the opposite when Jesus knocked on their door. Martha went into a complete panic mode by cleaning, preparing a meal, and mad because her sister Mary was not helping her. Instead, Mary sat at Jesus feet and listened intently to everything the Lord had to say and not caring one bit about the house. Martha went to Jesus in destress and asked him to tell Mary to help her. “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42
Mary’s priorities pleased Jesus. Mary knew to put everything aside because Jesus was her number one priority. Jesus told Martha not to worry about trivial things. Her priorities were not cleaning and cooking but to pay attention to the Lord, who would guide her.
We have all been Martha’s at times. We forget in our busy lives that our number one priority is God. If you make God your priority every day, then everything else will fall into place. Jesus priority is to look after all of his children, which is all of us! Therefore, our number one priority should be Him!
Be selective about the projects, meetings, and requests you choose. There are dozens of prioritization tools available on the market, so keeping track of your day-to-day goals is easier than ever.
Take time and prioritize your spiritual life according to Jesus and determine if you are a Mary or a Martha. Once you have your spiritual life prioritized, you will be more at peace to manage and prioritize your daily life.
Prioritize and Feel Blessed,
Tamara David XOXO