It’s About Priorities, Not the Plan

Like most of us, I have a hard time trying to keep my work/life balance in order. I have a lot that needs to be done and a lot of people that depend on me getting my work done in a timely fashion. And like most of us, I do my best to keep my time managed and well planned.

But sometimes, life doesn’t work with my plan. Take this week for instance. This is budget time for our church and we’re involved in strategic planning for the coming year. There are a lot of moving parts to this process and if something isn’t in place on time, the whole machine comes to a stop. I know this and I try to have my work to the people who need to see it…

Then, life happens. For a variety of reasons, I brought my mom to Nashville for a few days. Now, there’s nothing in my planning that mentioned taking care of mom. I’ve had to juggle and re-juggle a lot of things, but Mom is my priority. (I’m grateful for patient friends.)

Mom trumps the plan…period. Yes, I’m frustrated my plans aren’t working out. But I’m not angry with myself for missing something that was important. Plans are great, but they’re not set in stone. Plans can be changed. Priorities rarely do.

Priorities are those things that matter. The things that aren’t just important, but most important. We have this list of priorities so that when life makes us choose, we know what (or rather, whom) to choose.

When it’s all said and done, it’s our priorities that will have made the difference in our lives. Our plans will have been scratched through, rewritten, rearranged, and finally shredded into the dumpster. Our priorities are those things that make us smile at the end of the day.

So, check your plans. Are they about your priorities? If not, change them. After all, life is about our priorities, not our plans.