LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP:UNDERSTANDING LIFE PRIORITIES
In the process of meditation, one thing stood out as one of the keys to His fulfillment which the Holy Spirit revealed to me. And the key is: Jesus lived according to priorities. He knew things which matter most and capitalized His life on them.
I like to ask you. What are your life priorities and do you understand them?
I believe you must have come across such question several times. But I have personally discovered many people are yet to understand life priorities.
It’s been said that things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least. That’s the simplest and shortest way of describing what a life priority means. Yet it’s far from how many people live their lives.
To really live the kind of life that God wants us to live, we must understand things which matter most in our lives. The truth is: there are things that matter most. And they are what we should dedicate our life unto. Things that matter most defines our reason for living, the value our life carries and the legacy we are going to leave behind.
Do what matters with your life. That’s what shows you indeed understand your life priorities. You are not expected to do what you wish or things people think you should be doing. Rather, you must discover the real thing God created you for and completely devote your life to it.
Get to know the difference between the important and the urgent, then trade urgent for important. That’s why Steven Pressfield says, “The Principle of Priority states (a) you must know the difference between what is urgent and what is important, and (b) you must do what’s important first.”
Set aside the important and focus on the vital. Understanding life priorities calls for trading what is important for what is vital. It is your responsibility to focus on what is vital. Concentrate and accomplish it. But you can’t do this without setting aside others that are only important.
Value your life priorities. The value you place on them determines the value they will make out of your life. Your relationships. Your talents. Your character. And your vision. These values demand your commitment. You must not play down on any of them.
Put God first. This is very important if you are going to make your life meaningful. Ezra Benson advised, “When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives. Our love of the Lord will govern the claims for our affection, the demands on our time, the interests we pursue, and the order of our priorities.”
As the year runs to an end, I like you to take a detailed stock of your life in the past eleven months. How have you really lived? Can you confidently say you really lived for things which matter most?
It’s never late to make amends. You can trust God to help you reorder your life priorities so that you may truly start living the life you were created to live.
Keep Growing in God’s Purpose for Your Life.