Remember the demotion I got?
If not, please read it here.
Well, so when the demotion happened, I was really demoralized and it threw me on a reel of emotional distress. I didn’t realize how affected I was until I got a health complication.
At that point, I had to sit with myself and reevaluate my priorities. Clearly, I had put far to much value on my work and it’s achievements.
So back to the drawing board! Or rather, back to my knees.
Dear God, remind me of where I should place my significance; how should I spend my time and financial resources?
Side note: a good friend of mine says, “I can know your priorities by how you spend your time and money.”
I can know your priorities by how you spend your time and money.Joseph Kongoro
Back to reprioritizing and praying. God settled it in my mind that these are where I ought to put my time and money:
- Pursuing God
- Loving family
- Doing justly
So how would these look like in everyday practice for me?
- Unhurried time with God in prayer
- Meditating on God’s word rather than a mere Bible reading to mark a to-do-list
- Journalling daily to reinforce God’s word and promises in my heart
- Seeking to know God’s will before pursuing anything and waiting when unsure
- Giving a thanksgiving offering for all God’s goodness. And not just once, but regularly
- Speaking to my husband using the love language that he understands
- Practicing extreme patience and gentleness to my children
- Keeping a prayer journal and intentionally interceding for family and friends
- Sacrificially giving of my time and money to family and friends in need
- Speaking well of others without evil surmising
- Being conscious of every meeting with other people, knowing that it is a divine appointment and choosing to be a blessing
- Decluttering my wardrobe and giving of gently-used clothes. (Like really! Why do you need ten pairs of shoes??)
So there goes a powerful start to a new day, a new week, a new month and a new year!
I know I cannot do these by my own strength. So I lean heavily on the promise of God, “I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13. Here is my source of strength. Here is my courage. Christ Jesus.
Do right. Be right.