Would anyone dispute we ought to be doing only the things that matter? Would we disagree over taking care of the priorities?
The problem isn’t over doing the first things first; the problem is determining what should be first. Recently, I wrote a blog about Christmas concerning the things that matter. Click here to read the post.
Even the least engaged of us has much to do and not much time to do it. How do you determine what needs to be done?
First, ask God what matters to Him. Let God speak to you through His Word, through prayer, and through the circumstances to teach you what matters to Him. Get this part right and most of the rest of this post can go unread. Nothing matters as much as seeking God’s guidance. God spoke through the prophet Isaiah about those who go to Egypt for help and rely on horses and chariots and do not look to the Holy One of Israel or seek help from the Lord (Isaiah 31:1). God obviously gives guidance to those who seek Him.
Second, look at the consequences of your actions. Ask yourself and God where this will lead. Wood Kroll influenced me greatly when he counseled to “play the movie.” He meant to look down the road to see how the movie ends. Does it have a happy or sad ending? Looking at the consequences will help you decide what really matters.
Third, seek counsel from the wise and experienced around you. These will be people who have learned from God and learned from their own mistakes and the errors of others.
Fourth, determine how your decision fits in the scheme of your lifework and your obedience to God. We all have to say “no” to certain opportunities. Following this part of the exercise will help you know when to say “yes” and when to say “no.”
Finally, judge how this will affect your relationships. Our relationships matter and should be carefully considered
When I follow these steps, I find I am much better equipped to make important decisions.
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