I confess I still enjoy The Price Is Right. As a teenage boy I liked the show for obvious reasons. But as I have made a hobby of grocery shopping, I find I understand many of the games more clearly. One of my favorite games rearranges the price tags. The game begins with all the price tags on the wrong items and the goal is to rearrange the tags appropriately.
The more I think about it, there are moments and seasons when we need to check the price tags we have placed in our lives. What price tags? Wife… children… the Lord… job… hobby… you get the idea. Are any of them out of order?
The past month or so I have been on a blogging break as many have noticed. Don’t get me wrong, many days I have wanted to write. However, I made a commitment to not resume until I sensed I had rearranged some price tags in my life. I know… I know… many of you are surprised (those who know me are not) because “professional Christians” are supposed to have all of this stuff figured out. Yeah… not so much.
So here’s my discovery and how I have found the price is right in my life…
- My relationship with Jesus! It’s easy to fake this one and make others think your relationship with Jesus is strong, isn’t it? Am I spending time daily in His Word not for the purpose of study but simply to learn more of who He is as revealed in Scripture? Am I a person of prayer? Am I sensitive to opportunities He provides the share the gospel?
- My relationship with my wife! Am I nourishing and cherishing her? Are we still dating? As my most precious disciple, am I helping or hurting her spiritual growth?
- My relationship with our daughter! Are we spending time together? Am I leading by example in purity in what I watch and how I speak? Am I watching my tone when we talk? Am I helping her move towards independence and preparing her for college life by equipping her to make wise decisions on her own?
- My role as a pastor! Am I devoting enough time to prepare as fulfill my calling to preach the Word? Am I hearing from God regarding next steps for our church family? Am I fulfilling my role as a shepherd? How is my counseling load? Is there anything I am currently doing that I can delegate to others whom God might be calling to fulfill the given role or task?
- Time to re-fill! Am I taking time to do the things that re-fill my tank emotionally, physically, recreationally, etc?
So what am I missing? What are your priorities? I’d love to hear your story of how you have found success in this area!