I began my annual fall purge this month and you can learn more details by clicking here. I feel great. I have closed a lot of loose ends and make myself available for the essential people, places and things in my life. I want us to take a moment to continue the momentum by going a little deeper. Sometimes we do not realize it but we allow some people, places and things to take up space in our lives which limits space for the people, places and things that are our priorities. A couple weeks ago, I had to take a step back and realize that I needed to come up higher in being more intentional with the people the closest to me. My order of priorities is God, myself, family and friends, the calling on my life and the people of God. I need to give the best version of myself and not the tired and worn out distracted version.
You must ask yourself the following question: What or who do you prioritize? Your schedule and the way you spend your money can be indicators. I am not saying any of us need to be hard on ourselves but we need to be mindful of our priorities. When we remove people, places and things in our life that are not fruitful or are a hindrance to our growth, that allows more room for us to spend time with the people, places and things in our lives that are a priority. God is my first priority as a Christian. I cannot be my best self unless if God is first in my life. My dependence on God is authentic and the center of who I am as a person.
After that my next priority is myself. We need to keep ourselves at the top our list. You need to make sure that you are setting aside time for yourself daily. You must invest in yourself before you can invest in other people. Next, you must think of your priorities which will include people and things. Do you have a dream? Do you have a project you have been putting off? Is there a vacation you desire to take? Whatever is on your heart to do, you must invest time. The people the closest to use should never be taken for granted.
What is today’s wise word? We must prioritize our priorities which starts with ourselves and the people, places and things closest to our heart. When we waste our time or tears on things that are not fruitful, we are doing a disservice to our priorities. I remember a time in my life I tried to convince people I was a great person. I would use money and my time to try to make my case. Then I finally wised up and realized that I should not have to convince anyone of my greatness. I was telling a dear friend yesterday that I must see my personal space and time as real estate. Everyone cannot be given real estate and have access to me. I need to have time for God, myself and my priorities. If I give everyone access to me, there will be nothing left which will cause other problems.
As we finish 2019 on a solid note, let us make sure that we keep our priorities at the forefront of our minds. Being busy is not cute. It is dangerous and can cause many health problems and impact you most important relationships. It is okay to watch tv with your family without being on your phone. It is okay to say no to a social event. It is okay to sleep in and get some rest. We are finishing 2019 strong and healthy. Here is to us closing out 2019 on a joyful note!