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Priorities—What Priorities?

By Bridget Gazlay

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Jesus) Matthew 6:33, NIV

I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time saying no sometimes! Usually, what I say “yes” to are good things: teaching a class, baby-sitting, helping out at church, going to several Bible studies, playing volleyball, reading a popular book, watching a movie with friends, etc. But because I have so much on my to-do list, I end up cutting my time with God short. Some of these added activities are even about God, but end up doing just the opposite of what I’d intended!

I know I need some of the “Be still, and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:10, NIV) stuff. But, it’s so easy in today’s world with TV, internet, iPod’s, cell phones and other gadgets so readily available, to forget about God, who so much wants to be part of our daily lives.

So, how do we make sure we have the right priorities? We prayerfully ask God what we should add into our schedules. Just because something is for church or another ministry doesn’t mean that we are automatically supposed to do it. Without conversing with God through prayer and Bible study, you can’t know what God’s purpose is for your life.

This year as more and more activities and solicitations begin to pop up, ask God if you are to take on another “assignment” or not. There is nothing wrong with saying, “You know, let me pray about that and get back to you.”

Prayer: Father, forgive me for not always putting you first in my life. I do all these good things, but before I know it, I’ve left you on the shelf and I’m sorry for that. Give me the wisdom I need to make sure I spend time with YOU. Thank you for loving me unconditionally. AMEN.

Thought for the Day

“Don’t prioritize your schedule, but schedule your priorities.” Stephen Covey

©2009 Bridget Gazlay. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
(Devotional previously published by Hope Network, January 2009)

Bridget Gazlay resides in the beautiful West Michigan. She struggles with Fibromyalgia, Endometriosis, IBS, and migraines. She works full time but writes and designs fabric cards on the side. Bridget’s prayer is that readers who come across her writing or fabric cards would see that she allows, “God’s creation to be my inspiration.” You can reach Bridget at: fabricards101@verizon.net or http://mysite.verizon.net/fabricards101.