Reporting in, former procrastinators: I have completed the first photo album and given it to our daughter! Yea! Two more albums to meet this year’s photo goal. A few essentials.
Our petunias remind me of focusing on a few. When I pluck shriveled blossoms off the flowers, I give them relief – permission to pour their energies into fresh new blooms. If I talked to plants, I’d say, “Listen, plants. Stop trying to support what needs to be gone. Be free to grow where you should.”
That applies even during Covid; we check our priorities as fall nears. Priorities are the most important things we should do. We seek God’s direction in discerning them.
The root of “priority” is “one” – reminding us the most important things should be only a few essentials. That way we can devote ourselves to what counts most and make a greater impact. When we’re focused where God has guided, we can operate in confidence as we co-labor with Him. He is glorified.
Reading to the toddlers after lunch, working on certain clients first, building in time for yourself to take a class. Benefit from the freedom to concentrate on less and do those few things well.
After I deadhead plants and the job looks done, I walk to the other side of the same flowers. Ah, more dead ones I could not see from my first vantage point. Someone else’s perspective could help us determine what’s wise to hold onto as a priority and what needs pinching off.
“Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.” Psalm 96:4. Lord, help us pour our energies into that which is praiseworthy – You. Help us co-labor with you in the design and purposes you have for our lives. That’s how we’ll be most effective and most fulfilled. And you will be glorified.
It’s freeing to settle on a few God-directed priorities. We can blossom daily where we’re planted, face to the Son, revealing the beautiful colors of His character.
What two things would the Lord have you prune from your possible priorities?