Priorities – LIFEthoughts Blog
Priorities…a word that can make us cringe because while we know they are important we often ignore them.
When comedian Jeff Foxworthy had his own sitcom, his set was around the corner from the Seinfeld set. One night Jeff and some of his cast members got the idea to play a practical joke. They swiped Jerry Seinfeld’s golf cart and decorated it “Southern Style” (Foxworthy is the guy who became famous for “You might be a redneck if…”). Then they prepared themselves for a battle of pranks with the Seinfeld cast.
They waited…but nothing ever happened. One day Jeff ran into Jerry and asked about it. Seinfeld’s reply was, “We kept talking about ways to get even, but then we got so busy working we never came up with anything.”
Foxworthy says that made him think: “Jerry’s show is number one every week and our show is number seventy…maybe that is why!”
Successful people don’t easily get sidetracked. Neither do effective followers of Christ. It would be good for us to consider areas of our own lives that are less than perfect, and look for clues that say “Maybe this is why.”
A church who had been able to attract lots of visitors found few of them stayed long enough to become members. One visitor finally gave them a clue. He said, “Before your worship service began, I sat by myself and watched your members hugging and greeting each other, laughing and joking together…and not a single person spoke to me.” His comment made them think: “Maybe this is why we’re not retaining visitors like we should be.”
A father told how his teenage son was becoming increasingly rebellious. Later, he mentioned that it had been months since they had spent time alone together as father and son. Hmmm…maybe this is why.
The difference between number one and number seventy often comes down to a difference in priorities. This also makes the difference in your marriage, in your job, in your relationship with your children, and in your spiritual life.
A Clue of Wisdom
In Revelation, Jesus said to the church in Ephesus. “You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first” (Revelation 2:4-5).
He’s giving us a clue. (And, thankfully, it’s an obvious one.) Is something missing in your life? Maybe this is why. It’s time to re-think what’s important——and put first things first.
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