Daily Encouragement: Year 1, Day 44

Adapted from Handbook to Leadership

Personal Development: Priorities

Philippians 3:12–14

The book of Acts and Paul’s epistles reveal that he lived a real life in real circumstances with real options to choose from. He, like everyone else, had to decide what to do and what not to do. He obviously made wise choices. He pursued matters that mattered. When options conflicted he had the ability to choose well. But priorities have to begin with a “one thing” on which to focus. Without a defining, central priority, there can be no sensible priorities in leading or in life.

Life is too complex to live it by lists of priorities. Paul knew what one thing gave definition to his life: “the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (v. 14). All his priorities grew out of that central focus. Priorities help us say yes and no to things that matter and don’t matter. Far more, having a consuming priority redefines how we say yes and how we live to make that yes a reality.

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