The next writing prompt in “God Is My Happy Place” is
“Priorities help you manage your time well. What are your top five priorities?”
My priorities are:
- God is my number one priority. He comes first in everything I do. Does that mean that I’m perfect at keeping Him first? No, it doesn’t. I have definitely failed in this area. God is always patient with me and allows me to run back to Him. And He still loves me just the same as before. I’m so grateful.
‘And Jesus replied to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others].’ ‘ Matthew 22:37-39 https://my.bible.com/bible/1588/MAT.22.37-39
- My Husband and Our Marriage comes in next. He is my immediate family. He is the head of my household. We are a team. We have pledged to live this life together and make each other a priority.
- Loving others, is the second of the greatest commandment. So my second priority is part of that. But then reaching outside my home is the next priority. This can include church, family, friends, and anyone else that God puts in my path. I am far from perfect on this, but God’s not done with me yet. He is still working on me.
- Then there is my well-being. If I am to love my neighbor as myself, then I also need to know how to love myself well. This can include taking care of my Spiritual, emotional, psychological, and physical well-being. However, I will say that keeping the above priorities also help meet this priority. And when God is first, He takes care of this. No one can take care of me like He can.
- My next priority is my job and other similar responsibilities. I do my best to be at work all the time and take care of any commitments I have made. I don’t make promises easily, because I really don’t like to make promises that I’m not sure that I can keep. If I think there is a possibility that I may not be able to keep the promise, I will usually say no. I have made promises/commitments because I felt pressured to do so, either by others or pressure that I’ve put on myself, and those usually don’t turn out well. I am learning to ask for time to think it over. I take these things seriously.
I encourage you to think about what your priorities are. It has been a great exercise for me to think and pray through this.