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Knowing What’s Important

One of the things we all do is to try to prioritize what is important in our lives. Whether we know it or not, we make time for the things that are important to us. Knowing what is the most important thing helps guide our decision making process. Because we want our lives to matter, we seek to do things that are important to us and others. As I pray and think about what to write in these devotionals each day, I ask the question, “What is the most important thing I want anyone who reads this to walk away with?” I want to bring value to lives that place a high importance on their relationship with God.

The Bible has a lot to say about what is important and what is not. Oddly enough, God’s definition of what is important is usually different than ours. We usually look at value from an external point of view and God looks at it from an eternal one. A good question to ask as we prioritize is, “What difference will this make on eternity?” The greater the difference, the greater importance we should place on it. I understand that not everything we do has an impact on eternity, but when we frame our decisions that way, it helps us bring things that we do into perspective so we can know what is truly important.

Here are some Bible verses on knowing what’s important.

1. The Lord answered her, “Martha, my beloved Martha. Why are you upset and troubled, pulled away by all these many distractions? Are they really that important? Mary has discovered the one thing most important by choosing to sit at my feet. She is undistracted, and I won’t take this privilege from her.”

Luke 10:41-42 TPT

2. “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Matthew 22:36-39 NLT

3. All I’m doing right now, friends, is showing how these things pertain to Apollos and me so that you will learn restraint and not rush into making judgments without knowing all the facts. It’s important to look at things from God’s point of view. I would rather not see you inflating or deflating reputations based on mere hearsay.

1 Corinthians 4:6 MSG

4. But this is not how it is among you; instead, whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant.

Mark 10:43 AMP

5. He must become more important while I become less important.

John 3:30 GNT

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Living Intentionally 


When it comes to getting things done, my son can be slow at times. I’ve tried hurrying him up by using words, clapping, and singing. Sometimes they work, but usually it’s only for a short time. Ive learned to use a timer with him. When he sees the clock and how much time he has left, he focuses and gets the job done. All of a sudden, he gets an urgency to make things happen. By the way, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I often need something like that to give me an urgency to get things done.

My middle initial is “P”. When people ask what it stands for, my go to response is, “Procrastinator”. If something isn’t urgent and important to me, it can fall into my “I’ll get it done later” list. That just means I’ll keep putting it off until it becomes urgent and important. That’s not the best way to do things though. If we constantly focus only on what’s urgent and important, we are failing to live our lives with intentionality. We do need an urgency to get things done, but if we are intentional about doing the right things, our lives won’t be a constant fire drill.

The writer of Psalm 90:12 wrote a prayer to God that says, “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom” (NLT). He was praying, “God, give me a timer to help me get things done. Help me to grow in wisdom so I can be intentional about getting the right things done.” He was probably a lot like many of us who struggles with procrastination and focusing on what’s important. He wanted God to remind him how short life is and to help him grow in wisdom so he could be intentional.

What is it that we pray for? Is it more time to get things done? We could be praying for wisdom to get the right things done on time. God doesn’t need us to be in a constant fire drill. That only burns people out and doesn’t guarantee that the right things get done. He wants us to have wisdom so we can be urgent about the things that matter. If you’ve been praying the first prayer above, let me encourage you to change that prayer. Ask God for wisdom and to help you live intentionally. Watch what a difference that makes in your life. 

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Being A VIP


With the big game being in Houston this weekend, there are a lot of celebrities in town. Wherever they go, they don’t have to who to get in. They get VIP treatment. They get attention wherever they go, and people are usually fawning over them. It’s human nature to want to be important and treated that way. We wish we could get that kind of treatment wherever we go, but being a VIP is often at odds with scripture.

God seems to value things differently than we do. In many cases, it’s opposite from us. Being important is one of those things. God uses the least important to do some of His greatest works because they feel nothing is beneath them. The humble are open to doing what He asks without question. That’s why He values humility over being a VIP, and we should too.

Here are some verses about being important. 

1. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.
Galatians 6:3 NLT

2. He must become more important while I become less important.
John 3:30 GNT

3. Better to be ordinary and work for a living than act important and starve in the process.
Proverbs 12:9 MSG

4. In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.
1 Corinthians 12:22 NLT

5. But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.
Matthew 19:30 NLT

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