Friday, April 13, 2007

PRIORITIES

I have been thinking lately about what is most important in our lives today? Is it family, is it friends, is it our jobs? What do we value most? We should value our family, our friends too and even our jobs. I love my family dearly, they mean the world too me. I have a wonderful husband, Jim, three fantastic children, Denise, Matt and Danielle and two amazing Grandchildren, Jessica and Noah. I am so proud of them all. I have my parents and my Brothers and Sisters whom I love dearly and Jim’s Brothers and Sisters. I have a lot of good friends. The Lord has allowed Jim and I to be apart of a small group that get together every other week and we all have such a great times studying the Word of God together, it is a sweet, sweet time. I have a job that I just love, I take care of 5 children, Brandon, Kaylee, Kaitlyn, Jackson and Andre. They fill up my weekdays with joy and laughter. I have been babysitting for 20 years and I have had the honor of taking care of over 50 children during this time. I took care of Jackson mother when she was a wee one, oh I’m getting old. *S*

When I look at all of this I ask where is my priorities and you would think these should be my first priorities but NO they should not. My first priority should be Christ and Christ alone because I can not be content unless I put Him above all. He should be my first and my last. Family, friends and our jobs are important but if we do not serve Christ in all we do it has no meaning. When we spend time with family and friends Christ should be there too, when we are at work our work should reflect Christ.

Priorities, Do we love Jesus Christ above all, do we cherish His Word more then anything? When you wake up in the morning is your priority to get ready for work, or read the Newspaper or have that morning coffee? I know mines is a lot of the times. I am going to try to start my day with the Lord more often, even for a few minutes praying before my days starts out. Before I get out of bed I am going to try to spend my waking moments with Him, praying for the day ahead. I have failed Him so much in prayer time. There is so much to pray about and as a dear brother reminded me there are so many folks out there in the church and outside of church who need our prayers. Please pray for me and my walk that I put Him first above all other things, that I make Him my priority and not put Him second.

Philippians 1:21-23 (New International Version)
21For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far


Cristina

6 comments:

Julie's Jewels said...

I posted a post on this very subject today. Priorities are so very important. So many times we get our priorities out of whack. May God help us all keep them in perspective.

luvvom said...

What a GREAT post, Cristina! It is true that if He isn't our prioity everything else in life fails! You hit it on the nail. I also need to pray more...way more! So once again, I'll pray for you and you pray for me. Boy, with all the praying you have to do for me, it's any wonder you get anything done! ;o) thank you, sister!

Baptist Girl said...

Hey Julie,
I read your post and amen!

Hey Dear Sarah,
Welcome back! I hope you had a good rest away from blogland. I Have not seen you for awhile as our computer crashed and then you were away for a week..so I will say, "It is good to see you and yes I will keep you in prayer, I find it an honor to pray for you dear. I look ofrward to your next blog! *S*

Cristina

Jonathan said...

That is a great reminder. Thank you for posting it. Rather than intentionally filling my mind with the things of Christ when I first get up, many times my mind is filled with whatever comes to mind. By putting our focus on Christ, our minds are already filled with the things of God and is actively wanting to glorify him. There are many priorities that need to be re-aligned. Thanks again for the post.

Blessings,
Excog Engr

Bluecollar said...

I love your heart in this post! You are very worshipfull.

Jungle Mom said...

I have found prayer to be the hardest of the spiritual disciplines to be faithful at! It grieves me to say that sometimes the Lord must send me trials so that I return to Him the way I should.