Priorities: What ranks highest? How will you spend your day off?

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Today’s Labor Day or Labour Day (if you are in Canada) and many people are getting the day off work. So what are your top priorities and what will you do with your time? Will you make time for God? Are you making plans with your wife? Could there be something fun to do with your kid(s)? Are there other dads who need to connect? Is there something else you have on the list?

What is your top priority?

If someone looked at your schedule and your finances would it be self-evident? What about if they compared what you do first thing, would it point to your top priority? Are you living your priorities in the right order?

Is your day starting with time with God? time with your wife? time with your kids? something else?

Is the way you are living aligned with your top priorities?

Ever discovered how when you are living your life out of alignment with your priorities things don’t go right? Had your health gone out of whack? Seen the wheels fall off of relationships? Watched relationships start to fall apart?

Responding to the realization of your priorities being out of whack:

How did you respond? Were you able to react fast enough to recover and restore things? Get your health back on track? Have your marriage reconciled and restored? Get your kids back to wanting to be with you and spend time with you.

Priorities are important

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15

Today’s Verse of the Day:

Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman [tested by trial] who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15 AMP

Therefore let’s be the dads who study God’s Word and do our best to present ourselves to God approved. Moreover, let’s be the dads who are God’s workmanship, refined through the testing and trials, and who have no reason to be ashamed. Finally, let’s be the dads who are accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth in our homes and world.

Today, how are you prioritizing your life? How can we use today’s verse of the day to help us prioritize life properly to be the dads God created and purposed for us to be, the dads our wives need us to be, and the dads our kids require that we be?

Applications of 2 Timothy 2:15 to help us make the right priorities in life:

  • Prioritize Spiritual Growth: Dedicate time to study the Bible regularly to deepen your faith and relationship with God.
  • Set an Example: Be a role model for your children by showing them the importance of studying and understanding the Word.
  • Family Devotions: Establish a routine of family devotions where you and your family read and discuss Scripture together.
  • Discernment: Develop discernment to rightly divide the word of truth, ensuring you interpret and apply it correctly.
  • Teaching: Share biblical wisdom and lessons with your children, helping them understand and apply God’s principles in their lives.
  • Accountability: Surround yourself with a community of believers who can hold you accountable for your spiritual growth and walk with God.
  • Prayer: Seek guidance from God through prayer to help you make wise decisions and prioritize your responsibilities as a father.
  • Balanced Life: Strive for a balanced life that includes quality time with your family, work, and spiritual pursuits.
  • Avoiding Shame: Live a life in accordance with God’s principles so that you do not feel ashamed before Him or your family.
  • Continuous Learning: Embrace a lifelong commitment to studying and growing in your faith, recognizing that spiritual maturity is an ongoing process.
  • By applying these principles, you can prioritize your life in a way that aligns with your faith and fulfills your responsibilities as a father. Remember that every family is unique, so adapt these applications to suit your specific circumstances and the needs of your wife and children.

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