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Realistic Priorities

Saturday, July 18, 2009

I've been trying get exercise and healthy eating started but without enough motivation, so no success. I was talking with a wise friend about it yesterday and she said she wanted to do the same, but it just wasn't a priority for her right now with all the things in her life. I recognized myself in her words, but realized that unlike her, I'm at a stage of life where I can make it a priority if I choose. The difficulties I'm having with feet, ankles, knees and back provide urgency.

So what should be my priority list? Obviously God goes first and making Him first puts my whole life in balance. But what goes second? My husband? My kids? My mother's needs? Ministry? It's sort of a revelation to me today that I am my second priority. I know this is true, because if I don't make me my second priority, my body is going to wear out and quit working and I won't be any good to the people in my life.

In reality, I often don't put God first, and I let other people's demands dictate my daily priorities. These demands usually come from children and people outside my home. It's going to be hard to change this. It's going to be hard to be on top of my sechedule so God is first place and I am second. It's going to hard to not mindlessly approach my day, just letting events unfold without trying to see that my priorities are being met.

So here's my personal priority list: First, God. Second, me. Third, Chuck. Fourth, Children and homeschooling. Fifth, my mother. Sixth, ministry opportuntities for others.

Right now it's summer so it'll be easier to ease into this kind of thinking. I'm going to start saying no to all fall demands until I see that I am living according to my priorties.
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