Setting Priorities

Thanks for sharing your Don't Do Lists in the last post! I'm amazed at all of the things everyone is sacrificing in order to write.

As I've struggled with what to sacrifice, I've realized it all boils down to priorities. What's most important for me, may not be the same for you. But if we know what our priorities are then we'll have a much easier time figuring out which things we can sacrifice and which ones we can't.

Have you made a list of your priorities, even if just mentally? Besides writing, what activities are most important to you, the things you don't want to sacrifice (or maybe shouldn't sacrifice) in order to write?

As I've pondered over my priorities, I've realized that sometimes the important things slip onto my Don't Do List. For example, one of my priorities is to spend quality time playing with my children. At times I'll tell myself I'm too busy to play with them, but then easily do something from my Don't Do List, like watch TV.

Lately God's been reminding me just how short life is. My husband's father was recently diagnosed with both brain and lung cancer. Even though he had surgery to remove one tumor and is having radiation on the others, we don't know his prognosis. We've also had other close family members hospitalized for illnesses.

Often we move along on the writing journey and the path stretches far out in front of us. We look ahead and think we have plenty of time, time for writing, and even time to get our priorities straight. But the reality is none of us knows exactly when God will call us off the path. Whether ten feet up the road or hundreds of miles, our traveling time will eventually end.

So, what about you? Do you struggle with your priorities? Do your priority lists and your Don't Do Lists ever get mixed up?

Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity. Ephesians 5:15

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