Setting Priorities

Setting priorities can be a tough thing to do, especially for those of us involved in rural ministry. There are always tons of things that need our attention – usually far more than we can ever get done. How can we make sure that we keep our priorities straight?

One of the best pieces of advice I ever received about setting priorities came from H.B. London. He said “there are only two things that last forever: the Word of God and the souls of men.” The first time I heard this I sat back and thought about my typical day to day activities and realized how much time I spend on things that are “wood, hay, and stubble” (1 Corinthians 3:10-15) – i.e. things that really won’t matter in light of eternity. Many of these things are unavoidable, and very necessary in the daily running of a church, however way too often these things fill up our task lists until there is little time left for what really matters.

So how do we keep a balance? How do we make sure that our priorities get the attention that they deserve? It all basically boils down to having good time management skills. When we practice good time management, our priorities fall into line fairly easily. So the next obvious question is how do we effectively manage our time? That’s not an easy question to answer. Different tools and systems work better for different people. Over the course of the next few Wednesdays I will be writing about the specific things that have helped me manage my time. In the meantime you can check out two previous blog posts, The Law of the Vacuum and Too Busy to Matter for some practical tips and encouragement.

How about you – have you ever struggled in keeping your priorities straight? How have you overcome this struggle? Leave a comment below.

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