Let me pose a question. Did any of you think about your computer? Did any of you think about your brand new I-POD? (Did they even have I-PODs back then?) Did any of you think about the next baseball practice? If your car would have gone up in smoke would you have cared? I think it is safe to say that as long as our family was okay we were going to be okay.
Let me pose another question. What are our priorities? What should our priorities be? If I were to make a list of my priorities truthfully, I think I would be scared of what that list would look like. If I were to make a list of what I want my priorities to be, here is what it would say.
That is a very small list. I don't even have my computer, cell phone, i-pod, house, cars, TV, clothes, shoes or any of the other 'stuff' on there. If we really sit back and think about what really matters to us and what we are spending our life doing, I think it is two very different things.
Do we need to text message all the time? Do we need to check our voice mail more than once a day? Should we play on our cell phones in front of our kids? Should we be checking Facebook every day? Do we need to DVR hours and hours of shows every day or week even? Should we spend our whole life driving our kids to all the hundreds of activities we have signed them up for? Or should we spend hours every day singing and playing with our kids? Should we spend time cleaning and having a house of order? Should we get our food storage ready and organized? Should we pray and read the scriptures for as many hours as we spend on the computer or in front of the TV? Should we spend time actually listening to our children, spouses, friends, and co-workers?
If we really put God first then most of our day should be spent with Him, talking to Him, learning about Him and talking to our children about Him. If we put our family second then the other half of our day should be serving our children, parents, and spouses. We try to have family night one night a week where we play games, pray, have a lesson and sing. Our five year old begs to have family night every night. But why not? We should have family night every night if we can. Especially if our kids are begging to do it. What is more important than that? If friends and our country come after that then how many hours a week should we serve our friends, volunteer to our community and learning about our country?
I am going to try to remember this and rearrange my priorities. How about you?
"For me the only things of interests are those linked to the heart" Audrey Hepburn