That is the question.
Priorities assume importance.
Putting First Things First is essential.
No procrastination or prevarication now.
But how do we know what to prioritise in the everyday run of life?
Our 'To Do' list may be enormous yet never get much ticked off it.
Over the last few weeks when physical health problems have been more pronounced, prioritising and pacing have become more important to me than ever. I'm still learning the lesson the hard way.
Although I've enjoyed getting involved with social media in recent months and really treasure the friendships I've made and support I've gained, it has also taken a lot of time and energy I cannot always afford to expend. I've also noticed other areas of my life suffering from neglect.
The dusty journal stares reproachfully at me as I favour tweeting and blogging to share my thoughts instead.
There are enough books (physical and e-copies) in my house to stock a mini library but many go unread as the majority of my 'reading' is composed of other people's messages, blogs and poetry on-line rather than books.
My own writing and poetry suffer by way of comparison with that of others (never a good idea!) or from a lack of energy, drive and motivation once I've read such a lot elsewhere - inspiring as much of it is.
Extended family and friends in general rarely get a look in either as I lack the necessary health, strength or fitness required to visit them and often find phone calls too taxing; such is the way with M.E. and chronic illness.
And - most urgently - Where is God in all of this?
Something has to change and soon
When there is a medical need for resuscitation then the ABC's come into play -
How do I resuscitate a dying inner life?
What should my priorities be? Perhaps a new A-B-C is called for?
Since this New Year has commenced I have been reminded to seek God's wisdom first and foremost. To help me assess what God is asking me to do and be this year, I am connecting with Holley Gerth's 'God-sized Dream' exploration.
I have many thoughts, goals and desires for this year, especially writing projects. Any one of them could have been chosen to be the one I focus on as all would be God-sized dreams requiring His enabling and equipping.
Yet, I sense God is asking me to go back to basics with Him before I can move forward with any of my plans. Then He can implant His dream within me as I pay attention to Him
With that in mind:
My God-sized dream goal is:
To draw closer to God and discover His specific plan for me creatively and personally
My new A-B-C is beginning to look like this: Attending - Being - Committing
What will this look like in reality? I'm not too sure yet. What I do know is that I am ready to make the journey and anticipate ups and downs along the way! More will be revealed in the weeks ahead as I add detail to each A-B-C.
"We can only do what we are able to do; but inspired by the Spirit it's always a beautiful thing in Jesus' sight" ~ Joni Eareckson TadaThe aim is to start to show healthy Vital Signs of God at work in my life as more of His life is worked in and through the way I live - to His praise and glory. This is the hoped for end result:
"You will become courageous.
You will have victories you never thought possible.
And you will be filled up with what you really need, which is less of you and more of Jesus in your life" ~ Holley Gerth
A Closing Prayer to reflect on:
"May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever.
Amen" ~ Hebrews 13:20 - 21
In this post I am linking up with Holley Gerth's God-sized Dream
merrier. We can encourage, support, uphold and commiserate with
one another as we delve into all God has for us this year and our attempts to live it out.