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Set right priorities (Part one)

Youthful Living with PASTOR MOYO M
ON A daily basis we are confronted with realities or situations that demand us to set priorities. Setting priorities demonstrations that not all things or issues we are confronted with are equal in terms of value and importance. Prioritising involves arrangement of things or issues from the most to least important on the basis of one’s perception of their level of value and urgency one thinks it deserves. In short prioritising is the art of putting first things first and least things last.
Prioritising helps ensuring that more attention if paid to what the most beneficial and less or no attention to the least important. The way one sets priorities has a direct bearing on what we do and the benefits that we draw from life. Dallin H. Oaks says, “Desire dictates our priorities, priorities shape our choices and choices determine our action.” I would add that actions affect the whole life in general. The quotations demonstrate that priorities have an effect on our choices and action. Turning tables the other way round yields minimum benefits from life.
Choices made in life, relationships, investment of time, alignment of effort and passion are manifestations of the set priorities. Ultimately priorities influence focus, determination, direction of life and how much we yield out spent life. Meaningful and productive life requires setting right priorities.
In Matthew 23:25-26 Jesus challenges teachers of the law and Pharisees on issues of priority as he says, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.” The quotation shows that misplacement of priorities is very inevitable hence, there is need to develop the art of setting right priorities.
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