What Are Your Priorities?
Then after doing that, did you take a realistic look at how you use your time? Or in other words, does your day timer reflect your priorities?
For most people, the answer is a resounding NO!
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
If you are in the NO category, don't feel bad. I've been there too. It is easy to get distracted by life and situations. You wake up one day and say to yourself, "Where is my life going?" Oops. Good news is, it's never too late to get on the right track.
So let me help you with a few bits of wisdom.
Do what Matthew 6:33 says. If you are a follower of Jesus, He is the first priority of your life. Why? Because it affects every area of your life. As a follower of Jesus, you want your marriage, family, career and every other area of your life to follow Christ too. You cannot do that if He isn't first.
Married? That comes next. Now someone out there is shouting at me saying, "But what about my kids?" Your kids will have a miserable home life if your marriage is miserable. You are married to your spouse, not your kids.
Family. Your family is more important than your career. Now some else is shouting at me. "But I have to work hard to provide for my family! You know what the Bible says in 1 Tim. 5:8 But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. That's true, but you missed the point. God is your provider. He will meet your needs. (Visit Matt. 6:33 again.) When you try to do God's job for Him, you will fail your family, yourself and God.
How the rest of this turns out for you is up to you and God. But I strongly suggest that you pray for His wisdom and direction.
A NOTE TO THOSE IN CRISIS. You may suffer a sudden death in the family. Receiving bad diagnosis from the doctor. A bankruptcy or some other crisis in your life can just suck all the air out of the room. You have to give all of your attention to whatever it is. It happens. Keep Christ first in the crisis and allow Him to direct your steps. It is better than fumbling your way through it. He is the best guide through life that you will ever know.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, speak into my life and help me get my priorities right. AMEN