What is the #1 Way to Invest My Time?: The Primacy of Our Relationship with God

What is the #1 Way to Invest My Time?: The Primacy of Our Relationship with God

One of my goals this year is to document my personal journey of intentional living, role by role.

So, have you heard of the Pareto Principle—otherwise known as the 80/20 rule? It’s the theory that states “80 percent of the output from a given situation or system is determined by 20 percent of the input.”

While not precise, applications for this rule have helped me to think carefully about how I spend my time.

This has helped me to sift the wheat from the chaff, particularly as I seek to make sense and create order in my busy life.

As I consider the mission and work God has for me, I have realized that in my busy life, the one role that makes the most sense to invest in is my role as a child of God. It is more important than my role as wife, mother, or friend.

When I get this piece right, my perspective on all the rest will change.

Perhaps a form of the Pareto Principle in Scripture can be found in Jesus’ words in Matt. 6:33—

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

So, do I truly seek Him first? Practically speaking, how does it show up in how I think, how I use my time?

I cannot control what things will be added to me, but I am responsible for the first half.

Who I am as a child of God forms everything about me—my thinking, my decisions, my actions. Everything I do in my day starts here.

As a wise mentor says often, “The vertical precedes the horizontal.” In other words, my relationship with God forms the foundation of all I do.

So for this month, I am taking a deep dive into this particular role, evaluating my spiritual health, and determining what goals I want to make for 2019.

It definitely ranks up there in that 20%, if not in the 1% of important relationships. How do I orchestrate my days so this is reflected?

If I am honest though, I often forget God in the blur of life.

Instead of walking by faith, I walk by sight (2 Cor. 5:7). I forget that I am a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17) with a new destiny and a new purpose—to be conformed to the image of Christ (Rom. 8:29).

What does it take to live with this goal in mind? How would it change how I view, think, and live my life?

As I process this in my own life, I hope it will encourage you in yours.

And I pray that as we do so, the Lord will shape our hearts, minds, and souls to reflect the Savior we love.

As we do this, we express to God a love for Him fulfills the first of the two great commandments—and our greatest mission in life.

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