There are some concluding areas of life’s priorities that I would like to discuss. We’ve talked about loving God first, along with loving our spouse and ourselves. Then we looked at how Jesus maintained His priorities and finally I think it’s vital for us to “check our gauges.” Years ago cars were made with actual gauges on their dashboards. These gauges read the oil pressure, the temperature, the vacuum and the amps. The driver was the only computer on board and monitoring all the gauges was of utmost importance. As higher demands are placed on marriages and families, our gauges will be indicators of our operating condition. We simply cannot run on empty. We must have times of replenishment and disconnection. The following is a list of areas to look at within your own life, marriage and family in maintaining life’s priorities:
1. Are you continually serving outside your gift areas? Paul told Timothy to “Watch your life…closely…” (I Timothy 4:16)
2. Pace yourself. No one can maintain a full-time sprint.
3. Learn to say “no.” God is not impressed when you say yes to something He has not told you to do or be involved with.
4. Watch your balance of: work, rest, play and worship.
5. Take your annual vacation days along with your weekly Sabbath.
6. Maintain an interest in something fun where you disconnect and have down time.
7. Keep reading; keep studying; keep learning in order to keep growing.
8. Learn to share deeply and pray intimately with your spouse and do not avoid counsel when needed.
9. Maintain dates with your spouse and children.
10. Evaluate. Take time to evaluate your marriage, family, finances, work, exercise, down time – life as you know it.