Priorities

Video Watch the TruthMedia original “Priorities” video short filmas an introduction to this study!PrioritiesOften the most significant ways in which we can examine what captivates a person is to examine the story of his life. Nothing speaks more eloquently about the identity of our master than how we prefer to spend our time, where we choose to spend our money, and who we choose to make our heroes.” Dr Timothy Quek

How do you choose to spend your time? What you decide to do can say a lot about your priorities in life.

Sure, you may be thinking, “I spend eight hours a day at a stinkin job that I hate!”

But we’re not talking about your time spent at work, or school, or other things you’re obligated to do. It’s what you choose to do in those moments when you are finally free to do anything you want that reveal something about your character … and your priorities.

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1. What would you say are your top three priorities are in life? More thoughts...
In this question and the questions below, "priorities" refers to the things that you consider to be most important to you, not necessarily what you spend most of your time actually doing.
2. How much time, per week, would you say you typically spend on each of those three priorities? More thoughts...
Think about where you spend your time, what you usually do there, and add up the hours. (There will likely be overlap so it's not important to be exact.)
3. What kind of non-priority things often end up stealing time from your priorities? More thoughts...
This can be anything that seems to rob a lot of your time and attention, whether good things, or not so good things.
4. What concerns do you have about how you choose to spend your time? More thoughts...
Could spending time and giving attention to things that aren't your priorities be hurting people that you know?
5. What's one thing that you would like to do or experience, but haven't so far? More thoughts...
Possibilities: Places you'd like to visit, experiences you'd like to try, ideas you'd like to study ...
6. Who would you consider one of your heroes or mentors? What do you think this says about what your priorities in life are? More thoughts...
Our heroes are generally people that we admire. What about this person causes feelings of admiration?
7. Have you ever considered what you think your purpose in life is? What do you think it is, or how could we know for sure? More thoughts...
Columnist Bernard Levin once wrote "To put it bluntly, have I time to discover why I was born before I die?" Although it's often overshadowed by what seem to be more immediately pressing needs, someday (no one knows when) the time available to investigate the purpose of our lives will run out.
8. Where does your spiritual life fall in your priority list? At the top? Somewhere in the middle? Or absent entirely? Why would you say that this is the case, and where would you like it to be on the list? More thoughts...
Leo Tolstoy, author of classic works such as War and Peace, once said that although he loved his family dearly, his family responsibilities distracted him from his search for the meaning of life. (It may have been the fact that he had thirteen children!) It can be bad things that prevent us from finding what is ultimately most important, but also very good things that are still less than "best."
9. Are there additional thoughts or unanswered questions that you have as a result of this study?
10. Please pray for me in these areas: More thoughts...
Millions of people around the world turn to prayer and the Bible as a source of help when dealing with difficult situations. Both offer comfort and the realization that you are not alone in this - there is hope and help. God is the ultimate source of help.
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