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What's the most important thing?



“Seek first the kingdom of God…”

Matthew 6:33



A Timeless Quote Years ago I heard motivational speaker Brian Tracy say, “There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing.” We all have the same amount of time; it is how we use that time that determines how effective we are with the years God gives us. Margin & Habits In MD5, we learned from Andy Stanley that “priority determines capacity.” What does this mean? Let’s define our terms.

  • Priority relates to what we regard as most important.

  • Capacity describes the amount of something we can contain.

Thus, we are most effective when the content of our capacity makes up what we regard as most important. Herein lies the rub. We must master our ability to prioritize what is most important. How can we become “masters” of prioritization?

  • Begin our day in the Word and give God our first fruits (Matt. 6:33).

  • Pray and ask God to help us prioritize what to accomplish today (Pro. 3:6).

  • Focus on the Top 5% (those things only we can do).

    • Relationship with God (James 4:8).

    • Relationship with our wives (Eph. 5:25).

    • Relationship with our children (Pro. 22:6).

    • Relationship with our parents (Deut. 5:16).

    • Relationship with others (Rom. 12:10)

The Solution Becoming “masters” of prioritization requires that we establish good boundaries. Consequently, we create margin in our lives to focus on our priorities. No, there is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing. May God grant us wisdom to see what that thing is today!



Steve Crawley MD5 Facilitator


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