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