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Priorities vs. Responsibilities

January 21, 2017

As a pageant contestant, student, and daughter, I hear it all the time: “Prioritize your time. Don’t procrastinate!”

I am usually very disciplined and don’t have an issue with procrastinating, but it’s easy to get distracted with a brain full of ideas and an ever-growing to-do list. I have your typical Type A personality: I’m never bored, and in my free time, I make lists for fun. However, when life doesn’t go according to my plans and my schedule gets behind, I can get a little irritated.

The real question is, WHY do I react that way?! Is it because I didn’t finish two scholarship applications that week? Because I didn’t have time to edit my YouTube video? ….Or is it really because I haven’t opened my Bible in two weeks?

Since winning the pageant and getting a new job this summer, it’s been a struggle to make it to church every Sunday morning. Obviously, I wish the situation was different. But here’s what it boils down to:

I’ve been focusing so much energy on trying to please others and hold it all together, I’ve forgotten what my priorities really are. Responsibilities have consumed me.

Hear me out, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being responsible. In fact, it’s biblical! However, when we place our career, schoolwork, and other commitments above our commitment to love God with all our heart, mind, and soul, that’s when it becomes an issue. 

If we were each to make a list of our priorities, I’m sure they would all look fairly similar: Church, family, friends, health, finances, etc….but how much time do we actually invest in the things on our list?

Some weeks, I go days without talking to my friends, without eating a meal with my family, or cracking open my Bible. Yet, I have no trouble finding time to work out, check my email, keep up a Snapchat streak, and pin 40+ cheesecake recipes on Pinterest.

This prompted me to examine my own character: What are my true priorities? Are my responsibilities hindering me from fully serving Jesus? Does God really want me to live like this?

I believe the answer is no. While I take pride in my strong work ethic that comes from my parents and what the Bible has taught me, I now know that I don’t want to work my life away. I’m grateful I have a support system who puts up with my insane schedule, and encourages me to glorify Christ in all that I do. Moving forward, I am going to do my best to cut back and only pursue opportunities that will better me as a young woman and a Christ-follower.

We will all have a busy season at some point in our lives, and right now I’m in the midst of mine. Hear this: Don’t let the hustle and bustle of this world distract you from Jesus and the fact that this world is not your home. No amount of money, good grades, or promotions will ever fulfill you like the love of Jesus Christ. At the end of the day, the grass will wither and the flowers will fade, but the word of our God will endure forever (Isaiah 40:8)

So please, tell me — what are your priorities & what in your life really matters?

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