Sometimes life gets in the way and what is urgent gets in the way of that which is important. The lines between what is urgent and what is important are often blurred. A deadline that must be met. A project that is past due. A meeting that needs to be attended. A person that requires your attention. Are these urgent or important? It very often might be that they are indeed both.
Our priorities are easily revealed. And it’s not as if the urgent mustn’t sometimes temporarily outweigh the important. But the amount of time and attention we give to any particular person or practice tends to grant us insight into that which comprises our priorities.
We may say that our family is a priority to us, but if what our children see in us is that we are capable of granting all sorts of time and energy toward other people and other endeavors, and little time toward them, what does it communicate to them in regard to where they rate on our scale of priorities? We may say (and even believe) that we love our spouse more than any other person on the face of the planet, but if we spend more time on the golf course or more energy at the office than we’d ever think about affording to them, what is communicated to them as to how intentional we are in validating the relationship that we share? And what about God? Where does He fit in? We say that God is first in our lives? Is He really? How much focus is centered upon God during the course of your week? Take church attendance out of the picture. What attention does He receive?
Somehow we’ve found it extremely easy to con ourselves into believing that right theology equals right relationship. The truth is, if our theology was right, we would find it all together impossible to think this way.
John Stott in his work, “The Living Church,” describes how on his calendar he would mark the letter “Q” on one specific day each month (Stott passed away in 2011). The “Q” stood for “quiet.” Once a month, on a day that he had designated and planned long beforehand, he would go to a quiet place. Away from the office. Away from the busyness of life. Away from interruptions. And he would spend 10 to 12 hours that day, by himself, “quiet,” with God. One day a month with no agenda, other than “quiet” time with God. Prayer. Study. Closeness. Intimacy with God. What does that say about Stott’s priorities? What does it say about his desire to be with the Father?
What if you were to plan a “Q” day each month? Or a “Q” hour each week? Or “Q” time each day?
What would it say about your priorities? How might it impact your walk with the Lord?
Glory to God!