Was the night before Christmas and all through my house. Not a creature was stirring except for this preacher’s wife’s spouse. He was working late into the night as he often does. Preparing messages and making plans for future ministry. When all of sudden he noticed his wife asleep on the couch. She was exhausted from caring for him and their kids all week. He then realized he could learn a lot from her going forward into 2015.
What I’m about to share with you is not a laughing matter, but likely one of the most life defining questions. What are your priorities? A priority is “something that is more important than other things and that needs to be done or dealt with first.” So many things flood through my mind as I read this definition from Webster’s dictionary. In fact, the main thing is how much my actions contradict my intentions. You know, we all like to spit out of our mouths that God, family, and others come first in our lives. But, do they really?
I have to say that even though it took years to admit it, my wife is usually right about a lot of stuff. One of those things is what it means to be in a state of being with your family, not just doing for your family. For example, while I’ve been headed in a million other directions thinking about my family, she has been busy loving and nurturing our family. This is something I’ve seen firsthand in her and her mom. Maybe the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
You know and I know that talk is cheap. You can say all day long what you plan to do and how you really feel. But, your actions will always speak louder than your words. For example, if my family is a greater priority than my work I will make time for them. They won’t consistently get leftovers and second hand time. I won’t be so wrapped up doing for others that I fail to do for my own family.
In 2015, one of my greatest resolutions is to establish clear and worthwhile priorities. I don’t want to be full of just empty words and good intentions. I want to say yes to the right things and no to the wrong things that can wait. I want to live with Godly conviction, which I know will bring with it God’s peace and success.
So, what are your priorities going into 2015? Jesus already made it clear what should come first in our lives. “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (Matthew 6:33)(NLT)
Starting Sunday, January 4th 10:30a.m. @ the Colleton Rec Center, Refuge Church will kick off a very practical and powerful message series called a “New Year, New You.” Would love to have you join us @ Refuge if you don’t already have a church home. I’m certain these messages will help you get the new year started off right! Happy New Year!