PATHETIC PRIORITIES OR POWERFUL ONES?
I knew of a guy who coached college football for many years. He was very successful in turning a lot of programs around. He even won a national championship. He eventually left college coaching and accepted a position in the NFL. The first thing he did was divorce his wife of 26 years. He said he needed a wife while coaching on the college level for various social functions and to show families that he would be taking good care of their sons. In pro football, however, he viewed her as an unnecessary distraction to winning. He said winning football was his number one priority and his two sons were second. How pathetic…not to mention tragic!
In contrast to this, Tom Landry, former coach of the Dallas cowboys said, “The thrill of knowing Jesus is the greatest thing that ever happened to me.” He continued, ” … I think God has put me in a very special place, and He expects me to use it to His glory in everything I do. Whether coaching football or talking to the press, I’m always a Christian. Christ is first, family second and football third.” How powerful!
What a huge difference in priorities!
It’s interesting when we try to determine what people’s priorities are, isn’t it? Consider this list:
- Charlie Sheen’s priority? Winning
- Garfield’s priority? Food (especially lasagna)
- Mitt Romney’s priority? Votes
- Barry Bonds’ priority? Home runs (or perhaps the steroids used to hit them?)
- Paula Deen’s priority? Magnificent meals
- Fred Phelps’ priority? Protesting
- Billy Graham’s priority? Winning lost souls
We determine our priorities by what we spend our time, money, effort, and energy on. Our priorities are what we value, what we talk about, what we stand for. So, if we’re being honest, are our priorities pathetic…or are they powerful? Do they go beyond ourselves? Are they focused on charitable, worthwhile, meaningful things? Or are they based on ourselves?
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Action expresses priorities.” Simple, yet true! Perhaps those things we truly act on are our real priorities.
What are your priorities? How are your actions expressing those priorities?