Ordering Your Priorities One Stone at a Time

Do you find it challenging to get a focus on your priorities?

Is figuring out what to do first, when the list feels long and unconquerable, simply overwhelming?

Well, you’re not alone. Mastering priorities is most definitely a challenge, but it doesn’t need to be a paralyzing process.

How about we take it one step  . . . or maybe stone . . . at a time?

Let me illustrate how this works: Imagine having an empty jar that you need to fill with a combination of rocks, pebbles, and sand. All of them are designed to fit in the jar, but you must load them in the proper order or they all won’t all fit. Do you know what you should put in first? The rocks, because they take up the most space, followed by the pebbles, which will fall into the empty spaces, before you finally put in the sand, which will slide into the crevices.


Your work is holy when you're doing it for the glory of God.


My friend, your life is like a jar. Only so much can fit into it, so you need to identify the rocks, pebbles, and sand and put them in the jar in the right order. This has been a struggle for me because I always think my jar is bigger than it is. However, as I’ve worked toward practicing what I preach, I’ve been able to parse out my priorities in a way that finally makes sense. The big rocks are my relationship with God, my husband and children, and family and friends as well as embracing opportunities to share the gospel and God’s love with others. The pebbles pertain to details: caring for my home, work, other ministry responsibilities, and taking care of my health. And the sand, well, that’s the laundry, chores, and challenges I’d rather ignore but must fit into my life.

While my priorities may not reflect yours, identifying them has given me freedom to allow baskets of clean laundry to sit in the den, like jets lined up on the tarmac, without a shred of guilt.

Let me explain what I mean . . . join me over at Crosswalk.com to read the rest of this lesson, which happens to be excerpted from my Meet the New You: A 21-Day Plan for Embracing Fresh Attitudes and Focused Habits for Real Life Change.


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