We deal with the Priorities in our lives in different ways. A MAN OF GOD works hard at keeping his priorities in order. The order that has worked for me is: God, Family, Church, Job, Recreation.
With the demands of life, it is hard to keep God first. There is always some emergency or some demand pulling at us. We must find ways to stay strong in our relationship with God. What does it take? There is no replacement for time with Him in worship, prayer, and Bible study. Some people make the mistake of putting worship in the church category. That is wrong. Worshiping with our fellow believers is as important to our relationship to God as is our daily quiet time. From over 30 years of observation I would say that those who grow lax in participating in corporate worship begin to grow weak in their relationship with God. Prayer and Bible study should be combine in a daily quiet time which is a daily meeting with God. We should keep this daily appointment!
Another observation — too many men only think they spend time with their family. Excuses are made, “I spend quality time not a quantity of time.” Here is the bottom line — How much time do you personally spend with each member of your family where your focus is only on them? Your family need to know that you care for them in a special way.
The priority of church is where we build our discipleship and ministry lives. Christ instituted the church to be his “body” in the world today. We work through our church to grow in Christ and to minister to others. REMINDER — never make the mistake of lumping worship as a lower priority. It is part of your first priority to God. You should share this priority with your family and worship Him together.
Our job, though important for livelihood, should not push out God, family, and church. Learning balance is difficult. Men spend so many hours at work that it may become our identity. We must be more than our jobs.
Recreation is the place for ourselves where we can pull many things together. We may share recreation with family and friends, but it must be a place where we find refreshing and renewal.
Priorities in life help us as men find balance.