Fixing Some Priorities
I’ve been looking at my lack of progress in a few areas lately, and I have made a startling discovery. I have no good excuses for the lack of said progress:
- There are no loved ones in the hospital requiring visits and adjustments to schedules.
- I haven’t been asked to put in extra hours at my part-time job recently other than a day or two here and there.
- There are no looming deadlines for a particular project requiring I abandon all else to get X or Y done. (Wait a minute – we do have an upcoming bathroom renovation that requires me to take care of a few things first . . .)
I have simply either been lazy or have had my priorities messed up. But it’s interesting how before I came to these realizations that God started putting some guideposts in place to help me get on the right track. Things such as:
- A teaching from Kevin Gerald on dumb dichotomies I heard at a conference I attended last year (which still pipes up in my mind).
- A sermon series I recently started listening to from Steven Furtick of Elevation Church titled The New Rules of Resolution: Five Facts That Change the Way We Change. (Teaser: God’s more interested in processes than projects.)
- A TED Talks session by Larry Smith I watched last night on Netflix where he shared the absurd excuses we tell ourselves (and others) as to why we’re not pursuing our passions.
Now this doesn’t immediately get me doing all the right things at the right time. I’m probably still going to have times where I opt to peruse Pinterest in lieu of pounding out a few more sentences (good or bad) on a story idea, for example. But I don’t have to quit because I make mistakes. I can (and will) get back up and keep pressing ahead.