Recently I had the privilege of attending the last day of Christy Wright’s Business Boutique here in Nashville. When a friend couldn’t go, she graciously suggested for me to go in her place. I had never even heard of this event, but the way it was described to me, it sounded pretty awesome.
Christy Wright is under the Dave Ramsey umbrella and she teaches women how to build, grow and sustain their own businesses. If this sounds like you, click here and you can thank me later. So her 3 day event has amazing speakers and different sessions you can take depending on what is interesting to you. I was able to hear Christy herself , Rachel Cruze, and the one and only Donald Miller. I was so amazed at what each of them had to say.
Along the way, while talking about time management, something Christy said really stuck out. She said “One of the things I hear most is, I don’t have time or There’s not enough time. But, we don’t have a time problem, we have a priority problem.” We often look at things as a huge list of to dos, but if we put them side by side we can see that they are not all equal. Son’s soccer game next to the pile of laundry to be folded or unloading the dishes – your son’s game is going to always win out. So she spoke more on that (which was fantastic) and over the next week, I couldn’t help but think of more priority problems.
So shortly after this conference, as I was scrolling Facebook (dear Lord may I seriously do less of this in 2018), I noticed we as a generation and culture have another priority problem. We have THE priority problem.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love-and the greatest of these is love.”- 1 Corinthians 13:13
So often friends, we are not putting Love first. We put our own agendas, our own views, and self righteousness above loving others. I cannot tell you how many times across social media I see more people caring about being right, than caring about loving their neighbor. I’m guilty of it too. I look at my marriage and just want to be right, sometimes putting it above everything.
Being right shouldn’t even be a priority.
I believe in telling truths. I believe in sharing beliefs and also having conversations where we disagree. But, when we have those conversations, we have to check our motives. Are we trying to be right? Or are we trying to lovingly converse. Does the way we say things put people down? Or show them at our core, we care and love the person? Even if we disagree.
Where are your priorities in our day to day interactions? Is your number 1, Love? Do you put this first? Can people tell where your heart is?
Jesus tells us in First Corinthians that if we have all of the knowledge in the world, but we don’t have love.. we are nothing. Knowledge and prophecy, those things are going to pass away and faith, hope, and love will be all that is left. He even says if I have all the faith and can move mountains, but I don’t have love – I am nothing.
We don’t have to guess what should come first. God gives it to us right here.
Can you imagine a world where love is everyone’s first priority? If we loved our neighbor as much as we loved ourselves and our own ideals and opinions? It’s almost hard to imagine because it is so different than the world we currently live in. But if we all try, we can get a glimpse.
Friends go out and love one another today, and let’s not have this priority problem any more.