Finding Balance Through Prioritizing

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Do you struggle balancing all of life's demands? If you do, you are in good company because here's the deal- we have to spin a lot of plates; especially as ministry leaders, as entrepreneurs, as pastors. You know you are trying to spin plates at home, you're trying to spin plates with your kids, you're trying to spin plates at your church and in your ministry. How do you manage all of these demands of life?

Half of the battle is acknowledging that you do need to balance life's demands and it's important because every choice that you make and every choice that I make bring consequences.  Choices matter - If you want to balance life’s demands, what you have to do is every once in a while, you have got to force yourself to pause and to evaluate your priorities. I wouldn’t just evaluate those priorities in a silo, I would really try to get the mind of God. God, what are your priorities for my life? God, what are your priorities for my ministry? God, what are your priorities for my job?  What are your priorities in my marriage and with my finances and with my health?

When you pause and you reflect on your priorities and you ask God to help you realign and readjust, all of a sudden, things become more clear in your head. I've been talking a lot lately about eating the frog first.  Mark Twain said that if you eat a live frog first thing in the morning, that nothing worse can happen to you the rest of the day. For some of you as you attempt to balance the demands of life, the frog that you need to eat is evaluating your priorities. How are  my priorities? Are they out of whack? I talked to you about talking to God about this and that is important. But, there is somebody else you can ask; your family, your husband, your wife, your kids. If there's anybody that understands priorities can get out of whack and can help you readjust and realign, it’s the people that care about you the most. When I set priorities, when I realign my priorities, all of a sudden I find I am saying yes to the right things and I am saying no to the wrong things. Those two words are so important; the things that you say yes to- the things that you say no to- and here's why they're so important because the words yes and no literally determine your destiny. They drive your decisions and they determine your destiny.

If you're having a hard time balancing all of life's demands, you're not alone.  Take advantage of this opportunity to evaluate your priorities, to readjust and to realign, and to get better.

Your #1 fan,

Ryan

Ryan Frank