PRIORITIES: We all make our priorities… but most of us…don’t even realize. Even when we’re doing ‘just whatever the heck we want, when we want,’ is still setting PRIORITIES. Because we’re doing what suits us to do. And, that’s setting priorities.
We normally use the term “setting priorities” when we’re trying to get someone to do ‘what we want them to do.’ Rather, then, what they want. Sure… we’re trying to HELP them, (I’m assuming), but for the most part… they don’t want our help.
Incidental to all that chit chat… Channeling one’s energy, time, and skills…..towards Anger…. Hate…. Depression…Vengeance….and other forms of Folly….is time better spent in the pursuit of one’s career, family, friends, and other important challenges…and most of all…. The pursuit of God. ………
If we ‘have an AGENDA,’ such as… getting ahead in life… then we best ‘set our priorities. My younger son set his agenda as to having a nice house…PAID for. He lived, ate, slept, worked… and did all things necessary to achieve his goal. Without going into details… he achieved that goal… fairly early in life…all, I might add, on his own. He had an AGENDA. He had set his priorities.
Rather it is one’s career, hobby, leisure time, social, marriage, family, education… or one’s religious pursuits…we BEST set our sights on ACHIEVING our GOAL… hence… setting PRIORITIES…. Or that goal will NEVER be met. The ACT of doing what is best to do…and, doing it FIRST.
One way of getting from ‘and idea’ to an ‘end result,’ is to…. put God FIRST. When we START with God, we can always achieve our goal.
We are told in Proverbs 3:6 – In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.
And again in Philippians 4:6-8 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.