One can watch the hit television show Survivor and learn a lot about what a person’s priorities are. As soon as the players are dropped at their new temporary home they each scramble to find food, build a shelter, find an idol, all based on what they feel is key to surviving and winning that million dollars. Sometimes they form alliances based on shared priorities and become a voting bloc to get rid of other competitors. Sometimes they choose to be a freelance vote and go with whichever alliance provides them the best chance to move on in the game. Whether it is a game or real life, everyone has priorities that determine their actions at any given time. As people grow their priorities change, but they will continue to reflect what is important to that person.
When first starting out in life a person’s priority might be getting a college education. They prioritize their life around school and study time if they are smart and want to finish. After that they might get married and their priorities change. Maybe they want to find a good job and purchase a house, so they prioritize saving their money for a down payment. They forgo eating out and stopping for that morning coffee every day. Then the kids come, and they take priority. Ones priorities evolve and change with them and in addition they should continue to signal what is important to them.
When something is important to someone it should be reflected in their daily activities. Mahatma Gandhi said, “Actions express priorities.” If someone says their kids are a priority do they take up their buddies on that golf outing, or do they attend their son’s baseball game or their daughter’s recital as promised? What if they say that helping others is their priority. Do they volunteer at the food bank when they are scheduled or do they attend the cookout that their neighbor invited them to at the last-minute? Do their actions express their priorities? “Here’s how you know what’s really important to people: Look at their calendar, and look at their bank statement. The way we spend our time and the way we spend our money says what’s really important to us.” (Warren, 2015).
Priorities change with time and as goals are met, and how one spends their time is a mirror of their true priorities. What others see is their only indication of what another’s priorities might be. Where is Jesus in your priorities? Do you put him at the top of the list?
Henry David Thoreau said, “It’s not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?” So, what are you busy about? Is it important enough to be a priority in your life?
“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21 NIV)
Warren, R. (2015). What Would People Say Your Priorities Are. Retrieved from http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/what-would-people-say-your-priorities-are