When we think of obedience it often seems like we are given a whole bunch of rules that restrict us from doing “What we want” but the truth is we need to have a set of Guidelines that direct us to cultivate a balanced personality, a Christ-centered character that helps us build our image into what God wants us to be. This is all choice driven and obedience requires self-control and a mind that is willing to yield to divine wisdom and wise counsel about daily affairs. What or who is ordering your steps?
This is question I asked in an earlier post and the importance of this question is to help us analyze why we aren’t reaching our full potential. To reach ones full potential, there is a need to cultivate a spirit of Humility and OBEDIENCE. I entitled this post Obedience is Better than Sacrifice at first but then decided to change the title to Destiny Seekers as Priority Builders because some people operate with a misguided view about their actions when they do the things that they do with no sense of order and balance in their activities.
We set priorities in order to function at our optimum level by managing them with a sense of balance and structure nurtured with wisdom and understanding. However, when we participate in certain activities in our daily lives such as when we serve in the church (or places of worship), or work in the workplace, or when handling our relationships with our family members, friends or peers, etc. we sometimes handle our affairs carelessly when we operate in a “My way or the Highway” philosophy. We not only handle these important areas carelessly, but we inevitably increase the probability of breaking our treasured relationships with this level of arrogance. Humility is the key here yet again. We have to sit down and do some self-analysis on the areas we need to change in order to set our priorities in order, but we first have to recognize our weaknesses and admit our failures if we want to progress with this undertaking.
So Question: How have you been going about your daily business?
Let me just say this:
It’s not enough to be good at a job and yet treat your co-workers like garbage no matter how well able you are to accomplish the task.
It’s not good enough to be a mere provider for the family (if you are a man) in order to put food on the table and neglect to be a part of your children’s lives while also ignoring the fact that your wife needs to hear your affirmation of your love for her each day.
It’s not good enough kids to go to school and do your homework, get A’s and not have GOD involved or scheduled in your multitude of activities.
You can sacrifice time and effort to make money which is an honest activity but we consequently risk the loss of our important relationships if you don’t set your priorities in order and maintain a balance with our activities. Being obedient in this sense comes from understanding what it means to maintain a heart of humility and recognizing the areas we have to improve upon to ensure we maintain a balance in all the things and activities required of us to fulfill our God-driven purpose, dreams, and destiny. Focus on building balance because when you are obedient to the call in your life, you must understand what you have to do in order to get your priorities in order to satisfy the call. Imbalance in these areas will pose as a handicap to you reaching your full potential.
Destiny Seekers are Priority Builders.
A few Sundays ago, my dear Pastor, Pastor Pat gave us a list of 5 priorities we need to maintain in a specific order to which I agree with and would like to share it with you while we are on the topic of setting priorities to fulfill our destinies and the call in our lives.
(1) God is your number 1 priority,
(2) then your Health,
(3) then your Family,
(4) then your Work, and last but not least,
(5) your Divine Network Relationships (friends and peers).
Questions to Consider:
When you have your priorities in order and listed like this you can look back on the list and ask yourself:
What areas am I neglecting?
Am I balanced?
What or who is causing me to not fully satisfy the calling in my life?
What is hindering my progress?
What do I have to do now after I recognize the areas of weakness in my behavior that is preventing me from reaching my full potential?
Who or what can help me set my messed up priorities in order?
I know that there are areas within me that need a little (if not a lot of) tweaking and sprucing up but recognizing that is the first step. Aim to work on the areas that you are lacking or neglecting so that you maintain a balance. Sometimes, we are not at peace within ourselves because we have messed up priorities. List the things that are hindering you from fulfilling your duties to each of these 5 areas and weed out the things or people that contribute to the reasons why you are unable to function to the fullest capacity in each of these areas. If we want to fulfill our destinies in this life, we have to be honest with ourselves first so that we can learn from our mistakes, our bad patterns of behavior, and change our conduct to achieve better results in these areas that need a behavioral make-over.
~~~~ Food for thought so marinate in it. Stay blessed Everyone!