How often have we all heard the call to prioritize, prioritize, prioritize! This does however, seem to be a fairly new development, and it is difficult! When I was growing up, for the most part, we were encouraged always to strive to do our very best at whatever it was we chose as our vocation. But even so, early on, I saw the need for prioritization.
Because my mother was disabled, I was regularly sent to the local supermarket for groceries. At a specified time, my dad was sent to pick me up when I was all done, but during the week, for smaller orders, I would go and get what was needed and walk home. The times I disliked the most were when mom sent me with a list, and an amount of money, saying, “If you have enough for all of it, get it, otherwise, make choices…” Usually, those choices were pretty much pre-defined by her, but occasionally I was left to ponder and wrestle with the question. One week she need things to make dinner. On her list was pork chops, chicken, pineapple, rice, potatoes, flour and corn. As I was gathering all of these things I realized to my horror that I hadn’t been given enough money. I panicked. I didn’t know what to take off the list, for this time, she hadn’t specified…not even a hint. In the end, I prioritized, but not as she would have liked. I took off the potatoes and the flour (simply because they were the heaviest—-I had to carry it home, remember).
Turns out that I had made two wrong choices. She had inadvertently included two sets of ingredients for a meal in the same list and forgot to remove one. I had inadvertently eliminated the staple element for both, and we dined on a very protein rich dinner that night!
Join us this weekend, as we see how Jesus always knew what priority to put first…. We gather on Saturday at 5:30 pm and on Sunday at 8:30 and 11:00 am. See you there!