Priorities, Doing First Things First
The first step to achieve success in every area of your life is to establish your priorities in the right order. The next step is to let your schedule work around your priorities. Many times people let their schedule determine their priorities, which leads to a life of chaos and failure. These are the people who know what is important to them, but never make the time for what matters the most.
You got one life to live, with limited resources, abilities, energy, talent and opportunities. Setting your priorities correctly in order will help you achieve excellence and fulfilment in life. It will be like a rudder directing the course of a ship. Are your priorities, managing your schedule or is your schedule running your life? What is it that is most important to you in your life?
Most people list the important things in their lives as; money, themselves, health, family, friends, career, ministry, knowledge, status, happiness, long-life, influence, God, entertainment, pets, hobbies, etc. These are stuff that comprise the lives of most people and they determine their priorities in life. However, victory in life is determined by the correct order of your priorities. If you get the order of your priorities right your life will be excellent.
It’s like taking your first step; if your first step is in the right direction, the rest of your steps will follow successively. When your number one priority is right, you will have the wisdom to list the other priorities correctly as well. If you get the number one priority wrong, your foundation will not be strong to hold on to the rest that follow.
Every person is different and so is their life and their priorities. However, for every Christian the number one priority in their lives have to be the same, which is God and nothing else. Jesus replied: “‘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 (Matthew 22: 37-38 NIV).”
God wants to be first in your life. He wants you to love Him with all your heart, soul, strength and mind. We got to have God as our number one priority and for our schedule to revolve around Him. The other priorities are to love your spouse, your children, yourself and your neighbour. The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:39 NIV).
For many Christians God is not their number one priority. They put their family, money, work, ministry, ambitions, entertainment and pets first. They then place God somewhere in the middle or at the bottom of their list of priorities. Failure to have God as number one in your life is failure to love God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind.
If your priorities are in the wrong order, it is never too late to start placing God first in your life. To love God means to trust Him, to surrender yourself completely into His loving arms. We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28 ESV).