Have you ever been to a time management class where they teach you to make a to-do list and and then place an “A” next to the most important items, then a “B” next to the next set on the importance scale, then a “C” and a “D”? After you do all of those then you can note “A1”, “A2″…..”B1, B2″…and on and on and you do know that you aren’t even supposed to pay attention to the “C’s and D’s”? That is the drill. It does make you better organized and more productive so it is a good skill to develop. And the drill is good for the priorities of life too. The question always is though how is is that we know what are the “A’s”? At work it is always the balance between urgent and important. Sometimes the urgent takes over, but if we make that the priority standard then we end up chasing short-term tasks vs. also seeing the long-term strategic needs. If we err the other way then we end up looking over the horizon and missing the short-term, ultimately not getting much done. So, yes it is a balance. As believers we need to also factor in that we have another higher priority that must influence our to-do list. Galatians 5:22 tells us, “Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” We have to be sure that we get our “A1” right first and once we have that at the top of the list then from there “A2” and on and on will fall into place. So today as you sit down to look at that list in front of you, take a moment to be sure that your “A1” is living in the Spirit and allowing the Spirit to lead across all parts of our lives. That is the “A1” that we all should be sure we have in life and at work.
Reference: Galatians 5:22 (New Living Testament)