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Importance of Prioritizing

By July 7, 2010

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Last month I had a personal experience where I realized (while studying my scriptures one morning) that my priorities were mixed up. I needed to change what my top priorities were regarding a specific situation, and although I didn't know how things would work out, I trusted the Lord and put the situation in His hands.

The day before a certain deadline an unforeseen blessing came. I know the blessing was a result of righteously prioritizing my life and putting things in the Lord's hands.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gave an excellent talk on prioritizing called, "Good, Better, Best." He said:
"We should begin by recognizing the reality that just because something is good is not a sufficient reason for doing it. The number of good things we can do far exceeds the time available to accomplish them. Some things are better than good, and these are the things that should command priority attention in our lives" (Ensign, Nov 2007, 104-8).
Properly prioritizing our lives can lower our stress- I know my level of stress (which was at the highest it's ever been) was greatly reduced once I changed some of my priorities.

Jesus Christ also taught the importance of following Him and choosing that which is right. He said:
"For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.

"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall again the whole world, and lose his own soul?

"Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mark 8:35-37).
Elder Oaks also said:
"Some uses of individual and family time are better, and others are best. We have to forego some good things in order to choose others that are better or best because they develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and strengthen our families."
May we all have the faith to continually prioritize our lives to do that which is best for us, our families, and the Lord.

Additional great articles from leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints include:Also see this article on How to Be Happy.
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