We all have them, they are different for everyone. We all set them yet they change, whether we admit it or not.
Recently I spent 3 days on a spiritual retreat experience, designed to strengthen one’s faith. The first study was on priorities. It was a much-needed wake-up call for me, and others attending.
I went in to this study with what I thought was a pretty good mindset and priority level for a missionary, as follows:
2 serving God through my work
3 everything and everyone else!
But the talk and subsequent group discussion quickly gave me a reality-check. We can SAY and THINK our priorities, but does that mean we live them out? Are our priorities authentic?
Ghandi once said “Actions express priorities”, this is golden truth!
Characteristics of priorities that are authentic:
- conscientiously chosen
- the give our life purpose
- they motivate and give us energy
- free us to act and
- are REALISTIC!
Particularly like the last one, so often one can set priorities that are done without thinking, impulsive, that will make our life unnecessarily difficult because they are not realistic.
I believe it is wise to consider the above. Our priorities WILL change, and that’s not a bad thing - we graduate university, move out, meet a special someone, get married, get promoted at work, have kids, have a serious accident or illness…… life events change our priorities. We just need to be wise and assess where we are, where we are/ want to be heading, reassess our priorities and how/ who they affect as well as ourselves.
3 questions I was left with, which I will come back to time and again (I hope!), these may be helpful to you too:
What do I think about?
How do I spend money?
How do I spend my time?
"With great power comes great responsibility"
- Peter Parker’s Uncle