Are you focusing on the things that matter most

Are you focusing on the things that matter most?

We would do well to slow down a little, focus on the significant, lift up our eyes and truly see the things that matter most.It has been a busy week. You know, one of those weeks. It started out with my car breaking down (never the way to complete a Monday). Fortunately, it was something simple and easily repaired by my handy husband. But then it was followed up with busy days at work, including a physically demanding project with a short deadline that included working late and left me completely worn out.

But instead of coming home and relaxing, it was a week filled with church commitments and family commitments. Hmmm, it has just been a busy month. 2014 has started off with a bang around here. And by about the middle of the week, I was ready to call a time-out. Of course, I didn’t have time for it. But it did start me thinking.

The commitments and obligations that have started my year aren’t going away. I have made some big changes in my life in the last couple of months and two of the biggest came at about the same time—a new calling at church and a part-time job working for someone else (something I haven’t done in nearly 20 years). I love them both and have no desire to give up either. But the last couple of weeks—and especially this week—have made me realize that I cannot simply add those two big changes into my life and continue on with all the things that filled my time before. It really doesn’t work that way.

And so this week, I began pondering on one of my favorite scriptures:

And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order. ~Mosiah 4:27

I have been realizing this week that some things will have to change and some things will have to go. And so begins the process of reevaluating what is most important in my life and deciding where my focus needs to be at this point in my life.

This morning, as I was up early pondering on this very thing, I came across this wonderful video

And it led me to read the full text of this LDS Conference Talk from October 2010 by Dieter F. Uchtdorf

I love this quote from his talk:
“As we evaluate our own lives with a willing mind, we will see where we have drifted from the more excellent way. The eyes of our understanding will be opened, and we will recognize what needs to be done to purify our heart and refocus our life.”

I am beginning to see where the changes need to be made in my own life and what my focus needs to be. And so, over the next few weeks, as I have done in the past few weeks, I will be continuing to realign my priorities and rescheduling my time, dropping the things that aren’t so important to be sure I have time for what is most important.

I am at a time in my life where there is a lot of busy-ness. I need to make sure that my busy-ness is focused on the people and the activities that fill my purpose and not just my calendar.

But enough about me. How about you?

Are you focusing on the things that matter most?

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