" 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
This is the first and greatest commandment”
A Wise Saying “The constant desire to have more things and a better life and the struggle to obtain them imprints many Western faces with worry and even depression, though it is customary to conceal such feelings.” ALEXANDER SOLZHENITSYN The Best Commandment “Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the Law?” “Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment” Matthew 22:36-38 A Common Mistake Have you ever gone to the grocery store on an empty stomach and without a shopping list? If you did and made the mistake of going down the wrong isle you know how it turned out. Then, the worst part is deciding whether to eat the box of Little Debbie’s and two bags of jerky on the way home or try to explain to you wife why you bought them in the first place. The objective of shopping is to buy nutritious food for your family. Shopping without a list risks spending your time and money on the wrong food. Prioritizing our Lives Life’s options compete for our priority list just like the well-stocked shelves in a grocery store. To have control over our lives, we must decide in advance what we will give ourselves to. The problem is that most men have not settled the issue of what their priorities should be – a Life Plan. Among those who have, too few are living according to those priorities. Keeping our Priorities We’re always managing our priorities. Then, "life" challenges those decisions. How do we stay true to the right priorities? Consider what is important to God.
Who does God want me to be?
How does God want me to use my time, my talents, and my treasure?
What character and conduct does God desire in me?
What relationships and tasks does God want me to emphasize?
Larry Martin MD5 Lab Facilitator