If someone were to ask me what my priorities are, my answers would be fairly altruistic. I would probably rattled off a list that included my faith, my family, my work and my friends. I’d imagine your list would be pretty similar.
Now, what if, instead of asking for your self-reported list of priorities, I looked at where your money goes and where you spend your time. Would the two lists look different? I know mine would.
A pastor at our church shared this idea with our home group one day and suggested that we could gauge our true priorities by following the money and looking at our schedule. I might say that faith is my number one priority but is that where the majority of my money and time go? I would have to say no. The majority of my money goes to rent, food costs, and debt repayment. The majority of my time is spent working or watching TV with my husband. Those are not easy things to admit. I would love to be able to write that we give more than we spend on any other category in our finances and that I spend more time deep in the Word than I do watching the Bachelor. Unfortunately, I can’t say that and I imagine I’m not alone.
Truly looking at your priorities can be a painful process but it is an absolutely necessary one. It helps you refocus and recenter on God and His plan for you. If you want to assess where your priorities lie, consider these ideas:
Your priorities may not be where you want them to be. But that doesn’t mean they have to stay that way. Once you have recognized where you currently are, you can then start moving toward where you want to be.
Rebecca Huron is the Director of Development and Community Management for Body & Soul Fitness.