Time for Joy:  Priorities (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

“For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.” -Ecclesiastes 3:1

While the advent of modern conveniences was to make life easier for us, the lived reality has been that instead of increased free time, we now expect to be able to accomplish more things within the given hours of a day. 

In recognition of the truism, when everything is a priority, nothing is priority, in 2022 I committed to a new ritual. On the first day of each new month I took a few minutes to review my calendar:

  • What did I know the weeks would hold? 
  • What had I committed to? 
  • What was most important to me in the coming month? 

Out of those questions, I would list 2-3 priorities for the month. If these things got done, I had done well, I decided. At first it was challenging to limit myself to just a few items. But, that discipline reminded me that I really cannot prioritize everything I might want to. With more than 14 index cards taped into my journal, I now see that what was once a challenging discipline is now a freeing gift that honors the limits of my time and prioritizes my intentions.

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Some Comfort and Joy was developed as a devotional resource that follows the rhythms and seasons of the liturgical year from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective.

3 thoughts on “Time for Joy:  Priorities (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

  1. I love this! Excellent practice.
    AND… even if NONE of the priorities actually is finished it does not mean the month was wasted. Life always brings surprises.

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  2. Thanks Sher! I am sometimes in the moment too much saying yes to thinks that will make me feel depleted. Thoughtful intention on time and making space is an ongoing wholesome (and hard) practice for me

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