I'd like to show you a object lesson. The objects are rocks that represent your priorities. If you have not seen the rock demonstration, I hope you'll take a few minutes to see it--worth your time.
The days my lists cause me stress, I look to Jesus and consider how He got everything done. He came to save the world but He was plagued with interruptions. On the way to do whatever He set out to do on any given day, people cried out to Him--one to see, another to hear, another to stop her bleeding, some to be delivered from demons, still others to be cleansed of leprosy. Jesus did not consider these interruptions. The miracles fit into His plan because He had great habits and priorities.
- Jesus spent time alone with the Father. "After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray" Matthew 14:23
- Jesus attended weekly worship. "He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom" Luke 4:16
- Jesus spent time in small groups discussing spiritual truth. "Be on your guard against men," He warned His disciples in Matthew 10:17.
- Jesus served others. On His mission trip in Mark 10, Jesus took time to bless the children, talk to a rich young man, and heal a blind beggar.
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic are Your ways. Teach your priorities. Show us how to be compassionate and merciful, even on our most stressful days. Amen.