Prioritizing First Things First

Good Monday, everyone!  It seems like it’s been really busy lately, but since when is that news?  Most of us seem to feel like we don’t really have time to spend time the way we’d like to.  We’d like to spend more time with family and friends.  We’d like to prioritize more time for prayer and worship.  But we have work or school and activities the kids are involved in, and there are only so many hours in the day.  So we have to make choices.  Hard choices.

Stephen Covey has written a lot of books about time management and leadership, and in his book First Things First he advises his readers “to live, to learn, to love, to leave a legacy.”  He says we neglect to do many of the things that are really most important to us, because we spend too little time preparing and too much time reacting to life as it happens.  I think he’s got me pegged.

But we can do better if we stop to think about what really matters to us.  If you made a list of the “most important” things in your life, what would it contain?  Family, friends, God, …?

Sure, some lists might include things like football or fishing or scrapbooking or gardening or whatever it is you enjoy, but shouldn’t all our lists have at least family, friends, and God?  And if we have these three loves in common, then shouldn’t we be able to help each other find ways to put these things first in our lives?  I certainly think we can.  In fact, if we’re wise with our time, we can find ways to nurture relationships with family, friends, and God all at the same time.  Right?  Of course!

And so the secret is creating opportunities–or making use of opportunities created for us–wherein we can spend time with family, friends, and God all at once.  Some people are able to do this naturally and without much help.  Others of us need to hear some ideas and be pointed in a good direction.  So, here are a couple of ideas that might help–that is, if you are serious about making choices that allow you to put first things first in your life.

  1. Come to Bible class and bring your friends.  If your class is boring, try speaking up, participate in the study, and be part of the solution.  We don’t use teachers who are unwilling to have good discussions, and most teachers would prefer not to lecture.  And if you feel like you really don’t have much of a relationship with the people in your class, make an effort or bring your friends to class with you.  Classes can make time for prayer and fellowship as well as study, so just let the teacher know what you’re looking for and what you need. 

As a way to help build more community among our young adults at East Point, we’ve created a new class just for people from college age through their thirties.  This is a fantastic opportunity to come and get to know others in similar life situations while also learning together about God and his will for our lives.  Plus, as we get to know each other through class, we’ll have all sorts of opportunities for more fellowship and other activities.

  1. Join a Sunday night small group.  We are still in the planning stages, but in the upcoming weeks, we’ll be talking more and more about ways to be part of a small group of people (about 10 adults plus their children) who commit to ministering to one another.  If we really want to place greater emphasis on time with family, friends, and God, there’s not a better way to do it than through small group ministries.  Again, we’ll be sharing a lot more information about this opportunity in coming weeks.  In the meantime, please keep this ministry in your prayers.

I hope that you will commit to being part of a Bible class and a small group.  Everyone is welcome and invited.  God calls each of us to grow toward greater maturity each day, and that’s so difficult to do if we don’t prioritize the things that are really most important.  Have a great day and week.

God bless,



About PatrickBarber

Preaching Minister East Point Church of Christ Wichita, Kansas
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One Response to Prioritizing First Things First

  1. Well written. Thank you for sharing!

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