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Prayer for Help Prioritizing

November 13, 2017

I sense that making priority decisions on the basis of “importance” has subtle dangers.

Heavenly Father,

There are demands on every side.  Help me to recognize that the demands which scream the loudest are not necessarily the most important.  And teach me to discern among the demands which seem to be the most important this hour, and those which are the most important ultimately.

It is hard Father.

  • I could choose to make decisions based on the importance of good stewardship in finances, asking, “What is the best deal (saving pennies), or long term (saving thousands)?”
  • I could choose based on the importance of social relationships or responsibilities, asking, “What would be best for my relationship with my family/friends, or my neighbor in need (cf. Luke 10: 30-37, ‘The Good Samaritan’)?”
  • I could ask from a spiritual perspective, “What is most important in this hour regarding my witness to this probably lost soul, or my testimony as a Christian?”
  • Or in some moments, “How can I deal with this pain?” Or “What can I do to even survive?”
  • On the other hand, I can’t keep postponing dealing with basic housekeeping and maintenance issues. “Should I deal with that slow leak in my tire today? Or should I postpone dealing with my aging roof another summer?”

If I only had to answer one question at at time, that would be one thing.  But Father, today I have to answer all of those questions simultaneously. And then, which priority “gets” the priority? (– And should it always get this priority?)

And Father, I realize that my decisions may be influenced by the choice of which “importance idol” before which I feel that I must bow today.   And some days I fear that I may spend the whole day in the temple of one of these “importance idols.”

Furthermore, as I wrestle with these decision-making, prioritizing questions, I realize that my sinful, selfish prideful human nature often inclines my heart to less noble priorities and pursuits — or to justify one versus another of these ‘noble’ pursuits.

So Father, I bow before you today, please teach me, your servant, to love you with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength, and may that love for you inform the decisions I’m making on my priorities.

GPS is Spinning

December 27, 2011

Last night we drove to Buffalo so that we would be in town for an 8:00 appointment at Roswell Park Cancer Institute this morning.  This morning, while driving between our hotel and the Institute, the GPS display started spinning, like it didn’t know where it was or where it was going.  We kept driving straight on, and eventually the GPS found its bearings again and led us to where we needed to go.   The outcome of today’s consultation at Roswell is that the doctor wants more information, that is, another blood test, another colonoscopy, and input from another specialist.  So, this afternoon I had the blood test, and tomorrow I have an appointment in Syracuse with the specialist on my (our) way back to Buffalo for colonoscopy #2 on Thursday.

Tonight my head is spinning, like the GPS was this morning.  All the things on my “to do” list that I had planned to do in this already busy week need to be reprioritized.  The things on the list are important to me, but I don’t think I’m going to get them all done, and it really bugs me.  There are tasks I really want to get done and crossed off my list, and tasks that I really need to do.   I even wonder if I’ll have a window of time to get these and other important tasks done before the doctors “check-me-in” in a week or two to get down to business with the colon cancer.

But then I am reminded that each day is a gift from God.  I will never know how many other people had plans and lists of things to do and then something happened, an accident, a diagnosis, a sudden death of a loved one, and then so many of those planned tasks seemed trivial and unimportant.  I am reminded of this thought from a prayer of Moses.

“So teach [me] to number [my] days, that [I] may apply [my] heart unto wisdom.”

Psalm 90:12

I need this reminder today, and I need it every day.