My friend Dave talked with me about something that I’d like to blog about. Something I’ve been wrestling with – but not because it’s bad, but because it is so revealing. He asked me to list of my priorities, which I did, and then he asked me to tell him how much time I spent on each one of those priorities. He said, “If your relationship with God [in my case] is your first priority, how much time are you spending on that relationship?” Humbly I confess to you: not enough. There’s a really big difference between my priority list and my time management. I need to do some shifting.
As my girls get older I’m trying to spend more personal time with them. It’s hard with all of the demands on my life, but I want that time to reflect their value and their priority. Because I work from home Jessica sees me a lot more than many wives may see their husbands. I get to go on lunch dates with her. On Tuesdays and Thursdays we often drive the girls to school together and then drive home just the two of us. I think Jessica knows I’ve got her as a priority and that she’s invaluable to me.
If you think of me, pray for me, I’ve got a lot I’m juggling, but I want to make sure there’s time for the things that matter – I want my friends and family to know they’re valuable to me.
So: what are your priorities? Do your activities reflect that? Do your activities reflect value to the outside observer or the recipient of the time?