5 Ways to Know Your Life’s Priorities

Some people are so comfortable with their priorities they carry them around in a handy reference list. If you’re not sure about your priorities in life then find out with the following 5 Ways to Know Your Priorities:

Seek to understand the meaning of life:

It’s tough to put our priorities in order when we don’t have a reference point beyond ourselves. Priorities tend to become clear when we first understand that this life is not all about us.

Take a good look around:

If you’re a dad, then your children are a priority by definition. If you’re married, then the promises you made on your wedding day carry the weight of both civil and moral law. If you have a home, there’s likely a mortgage attached with your signature on the bottom. All these commitments are top priorities because the way that we respond to our promises define us.

Know your gifts:

We were all created as individuals, each with a unique set of gifts. Discovering and using those gifts is important because that’s how we were made, and using our gifts for the greater good is why we were made. So it makes sense to honor the plan behind our creation.

Make a pie chart:

Spend a couple of weeks taking notes on where you invest your time. This can be an objective measure of where your priorities rest. Be honest. It can help you see how close reality is to your ideals. You’ll likely come up with things like forty-five hours a week at work, three hours a week on the phone, five hours a week running errands, four hours a week at church, ten hours a week watching sports on tv, three hours a week playing with my kids, etc.

Ask yourself some hard questions:

Imagine what your life would be like without your spouse, your kids, or your church. Then imagine what life would be like without some of the things you so often devote time and energy to at the expense of family and faith. If you wonder if your priorities are misaligned, then that’s a big step toward homeing in on what really counts. Here are 5 Ways to Make the Second Half of Your Life Count.

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