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My priorities need a major adjustment

Ministry prioritiesThis week is a crazy busy week for me. The culmination of a ton of stuff comes down to this weekend and next week.

  • This Sunday 56 jr. highers are giving their testimonies in church via video that I have to finish shooting and editing.
  • There’s an end-of-the-year jr. high party next week I’ve barely starting planning
  • Sr. high ministry evaluations need to be written and handed out
  • My youth budget receipts need to be balanced and turned in (they were due last Monday)
  • The summer youth schedule needs to be handed out next and I haven’t even started putting it together
  • A news email needs to go out with reminders and updates about things going on this Sunday and next week
  • I need to write my lesson for Sunday night’s sr. high large-group meeting

And that’s just the beginning of it!

So this afternoon when a prayer meeting with other local youth pastors was drawing closer, I looked at the clock and thought to myself, “There is no way I can make it to that meeting this afternoon. I have way too much to do. I don’t have time to pray today.” Then I paused and thought, “Wait, did I seriously just think that?” I chuckled to myself and realized my priorities were totally out of wack. Just the fact that a thought like that crossed my mind was very convicting. What else could possibly be a better use of my time than spending time in prayer? Sure, I’m busy and a bit stressed right now, but shouldn’t that be the very time I stop to pray instead of trying to haul through it in my own strength?

Needless to say, I put everything on hold and went to that prayer meeting. It was great! Us youth pastors met at a local church and car-pooled to a park where we talked, shared, and prayed together. Then, to top off the day, I destressed by meeting up with brother and cranked out a 37 mile bike ride with him in the country farm land. Nothing like riding through God’s creation to put everything back in perspective again.

Are you too busy to pray today?


Posted on April 28, 2009

  • jamie

    Tim this may be one of your best posts to date!

  • I remember reading a quote by Martin Luther once that said something like, "I've got so much to do today that if I don't spend spend the first 3 or so hours in prayer, I'll never get it all done."

    • Yeah, I considered including that in the post, but I hear it so many places I figured it was a bit trite. Good quote, though.

  • PJ.

    dude, totally feel what you mean right now.

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