Christianity 201

May 1, 2011

Assessing Your True Priorities

Earlier today at Thinking out Loud, I posted an excerpt from the forthcoming book Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman.  If you wish to, you can read that by clicking here.   Reading further into the text, I found a list of four criteria which Kyle suggests we can use to analyze where our life priorities lie.  Before listing them, it reminded me of three similar questions I had listed her nearly a year ago.  You can read that full article by clicking here, but here is a short summary:

  1. What’s the first thing you think about when you get up in the morning? — Probably the best indicator of where your true priorities lie, and fortunately for some, this is not public knowledge.
  2. What do you talk about when it’s your chance to control the conversation? — This is the one your friends and family might better answer.  Out of the abundance of the heart comes speech.
  3. What do you want your life to be remembered for? — Similar to question two, but taking the long view; this combines both speech and talk that is put into action.

Kyle’s list — the following is lifted from pages 60-63 — included four questions:

  1. For what do you sacrifice your money? — The Bible says, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  What you spend your time and money on often reveals the true desire of your heart and shows what or who you are truly following…
  2. When you’re hurt, where do you go for comfort? — …I have found that when someone goes through a difficult time or a painful circumstance, who or what they are truly following is often revealed.  When our first response…is to turn to anyone or anything other than Jesus it may reveal that our affection is divided…
  3. What disappointments or frustrates you the most? — When we feel overwhelmed with disappointment it often reveals something that has become too important…
  4. What is it that really gets you excited?Like the things that disappoint us, the things that excite us can also point to something or someone that is in competition with Jesus…robbing God of your whole heart…

I encourage you to read the book when it is published at the end of May, but these questions are ideas we can consider today.

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