It’s a new year; yet another batch of measured time about to come and go. Whether you’re a fan of resolutions and New Year plans or not, another 8760 hours is about to fade into the flowing sands of time – indeed, a considerable amount of this time has passed already. What concrete and fireproof things we’ll be able to build in this period would depend on the things we devote our time to.
What are you going to devote your time to this year? If you hope to become better in your chosen career path, or personally develop yourself, or do more for God, these goals will only be achieved if you’re intentional about prioritizing them and devoting enough time to them.
Intentionality is important because many times, we think (and say) that we prioritize the things we deem important to us. But a quick check at how we use our time on a daily basis, our phone usage data, or the thoughts that dominate our minds, it quickly becomes clear the things we actually prioritize. Don’t repeat the mistake of prioritizing with your mouth, but with your hands and heart doing the contrary.
Don’t also make the mistake of prioritizing minor things at the detriment of major things. What would matter at the end of the year? What would matter in five, ten, or more years? These are the things that should guide our day-to-day decision making. It’s easier said than done, hence the need for frequent self-assessment to ensure you’re still focusing on the right thing.
If you’re a believer, God has made it clear to us what our priority should be.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.Matthew 6:33, KJV
In seeking ways to develop ourselves, acquire new skills or decide on what to spend our time on, it’s important that the reason behind it is always a desire to further God’s Kingdom. The answer to the question “Why am I doing this?” should always be “Kingdom.” At the end of the day, that’s all that matters and that’s all that will stand the test of fire.
Get your priorities right this year.