Everyday we decide how to use the time given to us. And whether conscious or not, we prioritize certain tasks over others. We must regularly step back and ensure our priorities are set correctly.
God’s people are regularly taught to give him the first of their offerings and not the leftovers. God deserves our very best and giving him the first keeps him as the top priority in our life.
And this principle plays out in the rest of life as well.
How we spend our time, money, and attention all reveal the heart of our priorities.
For example, some of us have become workaholics to the neglect of our family and friends. We’ve prioritized work over cultivating meaningful relationships.
But even within the realm of work we set various priorities.
Are we doing the work that matters or mere busy work?
Are we working to satisfy someone else’s agenda or faithfully completing God’s call for our life?
It’s easy to stay busy with many things that we neglect the most important. And many good things can also take us away from what God has personally called us to.
Perhaps before the day even starts and gets away from us we need to set our priorities.
When will we do those things most important?
And whether it’s at the beginning of the day, the end, or somewhere in between, the point is being intentional about setting this agenda “first” and letting everything else fall into place afterwards.
We eventually find ourselves stressed out and depleted when our priorities are out of order. But our spirits stay renewed even when the day is long and we keep the first thing the first thing.
Keep your priorities straight and enjoy all that God has for you.