Everyone claims to have priorities and things they consider to be more important than others. The real question is how do your claims match reality? Are your priorities really your priorities or just claims? How can you be sure?
Take the two-minute test below and find out the truth.
Before you start, quickly write out what you consider to be your top four priorities in life. Okay, now you’re ready to take the test.
1. Where do you spend your time?
Mark 1:35, Luke 5:16 – Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
It is fairly intuitive that how you spend your time highlights what you consider to be important. Jesus considered prayer to be important and made it a priority by spending time on it every day. So it is with you and what you claim to be important in life. If your proclaimed priorities are truly important, you will spend most of your time doing them. If you see a discrepancy, then you are probably fooling yourself, which is easy to do.
There is a game we like to play with ourselves and it is called “wishful thinking”. This is when we like to think something is our priority because it sounds good or should be true, but it isn’t real. The way to distinguish between the two is to look at the clock. Where do you spend most of your time on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis? Start keeping track and checking where you spend your time today! By doing so, you will discover your true priorities.
2. Where do you spend your money?
Matthew 6:21 – For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Not only is time a good indicator of your priorities, but scripture also highlights your spending habits are another good indicator. How do you spend your money? Who and what do you spend your money on? The way you spend money is probably the best measurement of what you consider to be important or not. This principle is true no matter how rich or poor you may be.
If you are really interested in something, you will spend money on it and vice versa. So one easy way to confirm your priorities is to review your budget, bank statement, checkbook, online and credit card spending. How do you prioritize your spending on a daily, weekly, monthly basis? Start keeping track today and discover your true priorities.
3. What do people notice about you?
Luke 11:1 – One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
As mentioned earlier, Jesus made prayer a priority in His life and ministry. This wasn’t something He claimed, it was something He did and others noticed. This will also be true of the priorities you have in your life. People will take notice and be able to confirm what you claim to be true or not. Sometimes our perspective can be blurred by our wishful thinking and emotions, so consulting a third party can be really helpful in making sure you aren’t fooling yourself.
Ask your family, friends, co-workers, etc., by giving them a list of 10 priorities and to identify the top four they see in you. Make sure the list includes what you consider to be your top 4 as well as what you are finding from questions #1 and #2. Tell them to be honest and not prioritize the list to please you. This will probably be the most uncomfortable part of the test but it will be really helpful. So don’t be afraid and give it a go!
Whew! Okay, the test is over and you can put your pencils down.
So how did you do? Did you learn anything? The purpose of this test isn’t to tell you what your priorities should or shouldn’t be, but to help you discover some things about yourself. My hope is if you claim to follow Jesus and make Him your priority, then you’ve recognized if it’s true or not and make the appropriate changes. Thats Faith in the Real World!
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