Are you someone who talks about priorities, but struggles to show your priorities? How would your wife or family answer this question? Talking about priorities is easy, living them out is where the rubber meets the road.

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Growing up, our parents usually set our priorities. When we graduated, moved out, and went to college or started a life everything changed. We had to start setting our own priorities. Do you remember this time in your life?

I remember this time in my life, I was not thinking about priorities, I was thinking about having a good time and being free for awhile. Obviously, like everyone else I had things to be responsible for, however it wasn’t something I was paying much attention to or managing daily.

It wasn’t till this year that I started taking priorities seriously. I was the one talking about them, but now showing them. Ask my wife, she will tell you. This year I was inspired by Michael Hyatt, a great leader and someone I respect and admire. He blogged about having a life plan and how important it was to invest the time to build one for yourself.

I read the blog, downloaded the life plan, and went to work. It literally took me over 4 hours to complete the plan. Some of the best 4 hours I have ever spent. This is the truth. Guess what one of the first sections was? You got it, priorities.

The section starts out with the title “Priorities”, under the title, it asks you “What is most important to you?” This will cause you to think for awhile. What you will probably find is, like me, the things we think are important aren’t all that important. Then why are we making them a priority over things that are important? Tough question.

“We realize our dilemma goes deeper than shortage of time; it is basically a problem of priorities. We confess, We have left undone those things that we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.” – Charles E. Hummel –

After working through this section I came up with 9 priorities for my life.

  1. God
  2. Myself (I’m talking about my health and well being. If I am not around how can I even have priorities?)
  3. Sarah (This is my beautiful wife)
  4. Children (Someday. We do not have them yet, but you see I built them into my priorities knowing that someday I would have them)
  5. Friends
  6. Career
  7. Finances
  8. Ministry

These are my priorities and what I live by each day. This does not mean that you have to have the same priorities. Each person should have their own set of priorities. Just make sure to take the time to ask the question, “What is important to you?”

After setting my priorities, I decided that I would take the time to build; daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly reviews. Each review is different and sometimes not even completed by myself. I have asked people closest to me to review my life plan and my priorities, because I think the people closest to us often times know us better than us.


How about you?

Have you taken the time to set priorities in your life? Are you one who talks about priorities, but can’t show your priorities? What needs to change in your life?