How to Manage Your Priorities

Balance is a good thing. It helps us avoid the extremes of life, and it keeps us centered.

On my way to the province of Macedonia, I advised you to stay in Ephesus. Well, I haven’t changed my mind. Stay right there on top of things so that the teaching stays on track. Apparently some people have been introducing fantasy stories and fanciful family trees that digress into silliness instead of pulling the people back into the center, deepening faith and obedience. The whole point of what we’re urging is simply love—love uncontaminated by self-interest and counterfeit faith, a life open to God.  I Timothy 1:3-5 The Message

If Jesus is at the center and the spokes of our life emanate from him then our lives will be balanced. If we can find this beautiful balance it will give show us how to manage the priorities of our lives.

We all have so much going on, right? And that’s awesome. God loves to work with people who have a passion for action. Here’s the truth – it’s impossible to be balanced if you’re not going anywhere. Just imagine trying to balance your bike without pedaling. Balance is found in forward motion.

Balance reveals that priority number one is our spiritual life.

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

When we put God first, the other priorities of our lives fall into place – our emotional life, our physical life, our family life, our vocational life and our rest and recreational life. They are all important and they are all integrated.

Does not wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
At the highest point along the way,
where the paths meet, she takes her stand Proverbs 8: 1-2

Wisdom is found where the paths meet. Wisdom is found in the center. Balance is the key to managing the priorities of your life.