Do you ever get the feeling that God is trying to drill a lesson into your brain?
Like — you’ll have all of these odd coincidences that just keep happening. And finally one day you wake up and you’re like…”Oh! Perhaps I’m supposed to recognize all these things to mean XYZ?”
Yeah, well — let’s just say that’s been happening to me here recently. A lot.
I was on my morning jog earlier this week, and a commercial came on, interrupting my “Latin Reggaeton Jams” playlist. ((Because, yes — I am one of those curmudgeons that still has the free Spotify and refuses to fork over the cash for ad-free listening.))
I digress. The ad caught me off guard, because it was for Black Friday. And the ad said, “Spend your Thanksgiving with us! Doors will open at 6pm on Thanksgiving for doorbuster savings!”
SIX PM. On Thanksgiving. Right when the turkey is supposed to be being carved, this store had the audacity to lure people away from their loved ones to get a sick deal on some electronics.
Now, I didn’t catch which store this was — and believe me, had I remembered I would put them on blast for having a sale at dinnertime on Thanksgiving.
But like, are you kidding me? IS NOTHING SACRED ANYMORE?
I didn’t have too much time to deliberate over the impudence of it all, before my favorite Bad Bunny song came on, and my mind quickly went elsewhere.
However, that evening — I was having coffee with a friend, and the conversation somehow turned to priorities. And he proceeded to share with me a fascinating piece of information, which — for the record — I have since fact checked on Google, and it is, in fact, true.
The word, “priority” was never meant to be pluralized. It was always the singular: priority. For hundreds of years, it was always recognized and accepted that, by definition, the nature of a priority is that there can only be one. It wasn’t until the late 1900s that the word’s plural form, priorities, came into existence.
Compelling fact, no? Anywho, I filed that away in the, “share-this-at-a-party-to-sound-smart” section of my brain.
But the next morning, I kept circling back to it.
My life has been all over the map here recently — with work, with people in my life, with family, with social engagements. The pile of unprocessed clean laundry in my apartment can attest to the fact that I have been going a mile-a-minute, nonstop for the last several months.
And to be fair, I love it that way. I love the hustle. I love spending time with people. I love the fast life.
BUT. All these recent happenings have me calling into question what exactly I am prioritizing in my life.
Sure, I’m at the stage in life where it’s all about the hustle: you’re trying to build a life, and earn a living so that you can pay your bills, and nurture relationships to cultivate a thriving community. So yeah, it’s easy to spread yourself thin and become so scattered you don’t even have time to put your clean clothes away.
But it begs the question: what do I prioritize? And if I’m truly trying to listen to what God’s been throwing at me here lately, the question I really should be asking is, “What is my singular priority?”
It’s an uncomfortable question, let’s be honest. Ask me at different times of the day, and it’ll be a different answer every time.
But deep in my heart, I know what that answer truly should be.
All the things in life that I want to prioritize: my family, my friends, my health and recovery, my job, my passions, my social life, my fitness — all of those things are actually offshoots of the greatest priority of all: my relationship with God.
Because here’s the thing: none of those things can be at the healthy, optimal level I want them to be, unless I am grounded in my relationship with God.
I cannot be the daughter, or the friend, or the writer I want to be, unless my feet are firmly planted in a foundation in Christ.
I cannot respect my body, and honor my recovery, unless I am centered in the identity and worth I have in Christ.
All of these things I want to prioritize — and yes, they are important and should be priorities on my list — I cannot fulfill them to my fullest potential unless I first prioritize Him.
That’s something that I really need to work on sometimes. Ok, a lot of times.
So what does that look like?
Spending time in prayer. Going to mass. Seeing myself and others through a Christ-filter. Giving of my time, talent or treasure – especially during the holiday season. Speaking about my faith with others.
Easier said than done, believe me. Much easier.
But I think it’s important to at least try.
So my question to you, is what is your singular priority? And perhaps the even more challenging question, is: Would your actions and words communicate the same answer?
Dun dun dunnnnnn!!
Have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving, my friends!
Hugs and love xox
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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