Most parents feel like they have too many things to do. Family things, work things, school things, church things, relationship things, recreation things, financial things, medical things, and many more things.
Things can overwhelm us without a good priority checklist (another thing!). Thankfully, God gives us this simple priority to-do list for all the things of life:
1. Things that last forever
2. Things that don’t
“Our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” – 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
Adhering to this priority checklist requires us to put temporary things (we can see) and eternal things (we cannot see) in proper perspective. That perspective is what God calls faith:
“Faith is confidence in what [things] we hope for and assurance about what [things] we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1
It’s not easy to put first things first when all the other things are breathing down our necks. That’s why we need to regularly remind ourselves what truly will last and what will not. So by faith, keep knocking out that to-do list!