If I had a theme phrase to describe my life it would be “Biting off more than I can chew”. My husband has been telling me this since we got married. Whether I was volunteering to throw someone a shower, decorating for their wedding, babysitting their children or remodeling their house, I always tend to overload myself. Here I am, already so busy that I have to be medicated (literally) and I have added blogging to my list. Don’t get me wrong, I love writing…but that is the problem. I have been so excited to get this whole blogging thing up and going, that I have been neglecting other aspects in my life.
This came to light this Sunday at church. While I was supposed to be paying attention to the message, I found myself thinking about writing. Somewhere in the middle of daydreaming about what I wanted to write about next and what I was going to have for lunch…God reached down and punched me like Odor punched Bautista!!!
Ok so, He didn’t really punch me, but sometimes when you get caught doing something else while you’re supposed to be focusing on God it can feel like you have been punch with a big helping of guilt.
This led me to think about my priorities. America is the land of opportunity but that doesn’t mean we need to be all over it like an all you can eat buffet. Priorities are essential to a healthy and happy life…when you have them in the right order.
For the past several weeks, I have been wondering what in the world is wrong with me. My mind is always full. I can’t focus on anything. I have even considered that I have adult ADD. And then, this Sunday, it hit me…I don’t have my priorities in order!
OK so time for the honest to goodness truth. When I evaluated my priorities I would have to say that they look something like this…
WHAT!!! Yes, folks, God was not at the top where he should be…NOT EVEN CLOSE!!! That is the problem! I had been kidding myself. The bible even tells us that God is not a God of confusion but a God of peace in 1 Corinthians 14:33. If I was truly walking with God the way I should, I would have peace instead of this foggy, distracted, forgetful state of mind I have been living with.
God is there by my side every day and I have been taking that for granted and it is time for a change and here is my plan to get my priorities in order.
- Start my day off with God…My former view of this was pulling up my bible app on my phone and listening to my bible while I get ready for work. Sure this was a great idea but I was not really paying attention. God deserves my undivided attention, not just fitting Him in where I can.
Goal-get up 30 minutes early and devote this time to God and Him alone
- Get rid of any and all bitterness…I try my best to abstain from bitterness 90% of the time but every once in a while this tiny little bit will creep in and the next thing you know, there is this wedge between me and God.
- Spend more time doing His work…Like I said, I already have a full plate, where in the world could I find this extra time to make this devotion to God’s work? Easy, I do His work first and the rest will fall in to place. When we devote ourselves to God and His plan for our lives, He will take care of the rest. We will suddenly find the time to do all the things that were being neglected before or we will lose interest in the things that were taking up time but were not glorifying to God in any way.
- Spend more time worshiping…No I don’t mean praying, I mean worshipping. A while back I was in my car and Christina Perri’s song 1000 years came on, when all of a sudden I found myself in tears. I know that this is not a Christian song per say, but I had imagined God singing that song to me and I just balled. When we don’t take these moments to love and worship God, we are missing out on that intimacy with Him.
- Be more of a servant…this is my biggest downfall and also what leads to bitterness sometimes. Instead of having a servant’s heart, I often find myself feeling either proud about all the things I am accomplishing or feeling sorry for myself. This leads to neglect when it comes to being a servant. Not only does it affect my servant-hood it affects my servant attitude. Getting caught up in my own “to do” list is selfish. God says in Galatians 5:13 “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
When we have our priorities in place, life goes smoother, we are less stressed, we are more joyful and life is just overall enhanced.