Recently, a 49 year-old man asked the jury at his trial to come back with a quick conviction so that he could return to his jail cell in order to watch Monday Night Football.
Well, there are several potential talking points here, but the most important one drives me to think about priorities. From an outsider’s perspective, most of us would say, “Hey man, your priorities are all out of whack! (Which is true for many law-breakers) But in reality, too many of us give meaningless items, issues and incidents priority in our lives over the things that truly are most important.
We only need to look at the first 4 of the Ten Commandments to be reminded of what those priorities ought to be:
3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself any idols…
7 “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God..
8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.(Exodus 20)
So often, we judge other’s plans and priorities- when we should measure our own actions. The measurement should not be against what others expect, think or imagine; however, we should examine our lives against God’s expectations.
So often we water down our personal and family expectations because we compare ourselves to society in general. We are afraid to take a stand and line our priorities up with God’s thinking.
Think about it, and keep the main thing the main thing today…Have a Blessed Day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D