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I never said it would be easy

never easyIn response to my last post, many responded about the difficulty of actually choosing to focus on one or two core priorities.  I never said it would be easy.  The tyranny of the urgent is one of the main obstacles we face.  Such pressure can rob us from giving ourselves to what ought to be prioritized most.

Jesus called His disciples to an unwavering attention on what is most important: “But seek first [or ‘continually seek’] His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” To have such a focus requires a courage that we do not have within ourselves. We need to look outside of ourselves for help in this journey. I never said it would be easy.

Even the task of setting priorities is another step in the journey from independence to dependence.  What does ‘seeking His kingdom and righteousness’ look like today in my life?  In what tasks, what actions does God want me to engage?  Where does He want me to say ‘no’ in order to say ‘yes’ to His will, His priorities for my life this week?

Listening to God forms a major part of the answer to that question.  However, we are ‘trained’ to more quickly listen to our own wisdom than to be silent before Him in order to know the wisdom that comes down from above.

Community, fellow co-laborers are also a part of the answer to that question.  We can easily be blinded by our own reasoning and need others to bring godly perspective; to help us see more clearly where the focus of our energies should go.

I never said it would be easy.  However, focusing on one or two core priorities is a work worthy of our efforts.

 

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