PRESSURES, demands, expectations, and tasks push in from all sides and assault our schedules. Do this! Be there! Finish that! Call them! It seems as though everyone wants something from us - family, employer, school, church, clubs. Soon there is little left to give, as we run out of energy and time.
We find ourselves rushing through life, attending to the necessary, the immediate, and the urgent. Too often, the most important is left in the dust. Our problem is not the volume of demands or lack of scheduling skills, but values - what is truly important to us.
Our values and priorities are reflected in how we use our resources - time, money, strength, and talent. Often our actions belie our words. We say God is number one, but then we relegate Him to a lesser number on our "to do" lists. We need to be on guard to keep our priorities straight. Our spiritual state is more important than our material state, but it is easy to get these confused. It is easy to make our own priorities more important than doing God's work. Set your heart on what is right and do it! God wants us to follow through and build up His Kingdom. If God gives you a task, don't be afraid to get started. His resources are infinite!
God will help you complete it by giving you encouragement from others along the way. Remain active in your service to God and continue to put first things first!

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