“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”—Stephen Covey.
Many self-help gurus continually emphasize the need to prioritize. They remind us that we shouldn’t spend too much time on trivial matters and that we must avoid being distracted from what is truly important.
This means different things to different people. For some, their career gets top billing. Therefore, they spend a lot of extra time on the job, trying to move up the ladder.
Others put family first. They make sure that they spend plenty of quality time with their loved ones. Vacations, weekends, holidays and evenings are all devoted to family.
Many people put a lot of emphasis on recreation. Their hobby or sport gets their total devotion, and as they hurry from one activity to the next, nothing stands in the way of their pursuit of happiness.
Jesus has a different idea about what our top priority should be. He says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33).
If we put God first, all these other things—career, family, leisure, etc.—will fall into place.
It’s worth a try, don’t you think?