I’ve always wondered if you could have more than one priority. Think about it. If you have a priority in your life it is always in focus and something you are working on. Then again we all talk about “priorities.” I guess I would much prefer to break tasks down into what is essential, vital, important, ah-maybe, and fugetaboutit. Another way of looking at it would be to look at your “roles” as parent, spouse, worker, leader, servant, church member, etc. Don Miller, in his Storyline program, suggests that most of us don’t function very well if we have more than seven roles. That is incredibly difficult these days. So I am going to make a suggestion.
Your priority is you.
I don’t mean this in a selfish way. It doesn’t mean that you won’t be sacrificial or take on the role of one who serves. You need to take care of you. I have not been good at this. If I do not take care of me I will not be good for anyone else. It doesn’t mean I will rush out and get that 90 inch flat screen 4K TV just on the market. That is not really taking care of me, it’s just giving in to selfish whims. When it comes to rest, exercise, centering, mindfulness, spirituality, clarifying my roles, and learning, I must be the one who advocates for myself. God knows we need to pause and reflect on who we are. The creation story even has the “Sabbath” as the crown of all creation. On the seventh day God rested and so did everything else. Centered – focused – rested – ready for the week ahead.
Your priority and roles will develop from that point of rest and reflection. Clarifying the roles in your life will come out of that same place. Maybe Thursday will be your Sabbath this week – but have one. In fact have Sabbath every day for at least fifteen to thirty minutes before you really get into your day. See if it makes a difference.
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Luke 12:34