How do we live out putting God first, then our family and then our work?
They become a priority when you put it on your calendar and you let nothing else interfere with it.
You must set aside a specific time to spend alone with God.
You can start by setting aside ten minutes per day for your alone time with God.
I would encourage you to get a copy of a devotional by Sara Young called Jesus Calling.
It’s also available in a smartphone APP.
Read the devotional thought and bible verses and then write down some thoughts that came to your mind in a journal.
Some people write in the form of a prayer. Your next priority is family.
Schedule time alone with your spouse talking about dreams and ideas.
Go on dates and get away together once a quarter.
Next, schedule alone time with each of your kids.
Do something together that will allow you to talk to them about dreams and ideas.
For many years I would tell people my priorities are God first, my family is second, work is third.
I tried to live this out, but much of the time, my priorities ended up being Work first, work second and work third.
This all changed when a friend of mine told me about his annual family goal setting weekend.
They would go away on a mini-vacation every year for the purpose of setting family goals and putting all of the important family events on the calendar.
I was a goal-setting fanatic at work, but never considered doing family on purpose.
A few weeks later my wife Rhonda and I drove two hours away and locked our-selves in a hotel room to begin putting our family values and vision in writing.
We also started writing down some goals.
This is a good time for you to do your first annual family goal-setting weekend.
Schedule your date nights, family nights, birthdays, vacations and whatever else is important to you.
A few years ago, my pastor encouraged us to pray and ask the Lord to give us one word for the upcoming year.
In 2014 my word was RELAX. I had a lot of worry and fear about things that were out of my control. I felt the Lord was telling me to trust Him and RELAX. I would do my best to keep this at the forefront of my mind every day.
In 2015 I focused on the word THANKFULNESS. That year I made a giant list of things I am thankful for.
This past year my word was GRACE. I focused on the loving grace of Jesus and the grace I need to give to others.
I am currently praying for the Lord to give me a word for 2017.
You will be amazed how often your word will pop up in conversations, devotional readings and in social media.
What will your word be for 2017?