How do we know what we are supposed to do each day? All of us have to do lists that run into tomorrow and schedules that quickly get filled. I wouldn’t say I have it figured out, but I’m learning to prioritize my life while staying balanced in all areas – spirituality, family, health, work, and volunteering. If my goal is a Christ-centered life, then my calendar needs to be Christ-centered as well.
My Christ-centered calendar begins each day with a quiet time. Sometimes this has meant getting up at three in the morning or earlier. I can truly say this is one of the hardest battles I have ever fought because I love sleep; I love my warm bed, my soft pillows, and my comfy pajamas. BUT the alternative is far worse – going through the day without saying a proper hello and thanks to the one who made it leaves me feeling empty and dry.
The mission verse of this ministry fits really well with this blog. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” As hard as it may be to get up early, it’s so important to follow Stephen Covey’s advice and do “First things first.” God will give us the strength we need! And by the way, coffee doesn’t hurt!!
Before putting anything on my calendar, I make sure it fits with my life’s mission statement. Do you have a life mission statement that guides your decision-making? It’s really easy to do if you don’t have one. First write five-ten words that describe the person you would like to be and five-ten words that describe what you would like to accomplish in your life. Create a one sentence statement using some of the words on your list and show it to your loved ones. Let me do an example for you:
I’d like to be: compassionate, grateful, service-oriented, humble, God-adoring, family-focused
I’d like to do: help with orphans, work at a food shelf, teach Sunday school, raise God-fearing kids, be a loving wife
MISSION STATEMENT (date created 2/21/12)
I will be a God-adoring, family-focused woman that works to feed the hungry in the Twin Cities while raising my children to be God-fearing and loving toward all His people.
See how easy that is. I would recommend that you pray before doing this and ask for His guidance in writing your life mission statement. Have fun!
One last thing about creating a Christ-centered calendar, when deciding what to do with the open time on your calendar, surrender it to God. Accomplishing one or two bigger things for the Kingdom throughout the day is better than lots of little meaningless tasks.
Other Scripture to look up on priorities: