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2011 – Setting Better Priorities

By Don Loftis | 01.05.11

Our lives are filled with choices, each of which to some degree shapes our future.  We start the day choosing what to wear and end it by choosing what jobs not to finish.  Stan Toler, national religious adminstrator, reminds us, “The most important choices you make are not about appearance–they’re about importance.”  Priorities provide structure for daily decisions and channel our energies down the most constructive path.

When Jesus said, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness…” He was not suggesting that nothing else was important; He was suggesting that nothing was AS important.  There are many great opportunities before us, but which ones are the most crucial?

The new year provides a great time for individuals to evaluate the various commitments that they have made. As we look at each, we may ask such questions as…Will this activity use my talents to advance the kingdom of God?  Will my participation in this event heighten my spiritual maturity and usefulness?  Will this decision bless my family?  Is my wife fully supportive? Will engaging in this project help or harm my health? My reputation?
Every day has 1440 minutes.  We cannot create more; we cannot store any.  We must choose to use each minute wisely.  I don’t know that it was the first of the year, but Paul challenged the Ephesians, “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.”


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