Have you ever been strolling along in life when all of a sudden something happens and everything in front of you completely changes course? There you were, just minding your own business, doing what needed to be done and BAM like a bolt of lightning, the world is a different place.
In time, it will happen to each of us. And that’s a good thing because the last thing we want in this life is to get so caught up in doing all the regular, routine tasks that we miss the important stuff. This is the stuff that makes our very existence here on earth worth all the time and effort we’ve put in.
In John 4, we are introduced to a woman who had this exact thing happen to her. She was just headed to the well to get a bit of water when she encountered Jesus.
(I’m resisting the urge to go into a full study on what happens when we encounter Jesus — It’s certainly no small, ordinary event!)
After talking with Jesus for a moment, she literally stopped what she was doing in order to do what was the most important thing at the time. She even left her water at the well! She got a spark inside her that drove her to out into the world to do something greater than what she had been.
See, that’s what happens when we prioritize the time we have in our lives. We drop all the irrelevant stuff and spend our energy on the best stuff.
The most important parts of our lives should get the best parts of our energy.
Unfortunately, most of us tend to spend our days putting out one “urgent” fire after the next, not leaving enough time or energy to spend on the important tasks.
Steven Covey talked about this topic in his book. If we truly want to be effective in this life, we have to be intentional about putting our energy where it is most needed in order to do so.
What do I mean by this?
Well, let’s take a look at this from a sports angle. If I’m trying to improve my running speed, the time that I have to spend doing that shouldn’t be spent on researching how to properly hang a basketball net. While both are “sportsy,” hanging a basketball net is in no way, shape, or form going to help me with my running speed.
Also, if I’m trying to increase my website traffic, spending a large portion of my time on a image slider may not be the most effective use of my time. While fixing a problematic image enhancer on my website is indeed relevant to the website, I might be better off without all the “bells & whistles” of it.
When I find myself a bit overwhelmed with all the “to dos” of life or business or whatever else comes my way, I know it’s time to get back to the basics. Back to those moments when I knew the energy I was using was being used on the most important tasks.
To do this, I list out what is absolute priority to me in this period of my life. You can do the same. This might change from week to week (or even slightly from day to day, but when you can keep your priorities on the forefront of your mind, things that come up that don’t align inside these priorities can be dealt with appropriately.
That’s exactly what I see when I look at the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. She was just going about life, doing her daily tasks when she met Christ. Suddenly her priorities changed – she recognized the shift and let her actions follow suit.
As a result, I can imagine her entire life was absolutely transformed.
✽ What is the main priority in your life right now?
✽ Can you honestly say you’re spending the best part of your energy there?
Tell us below in the comments…