Sometimes our plate is just too full. We’re juggling too much. Or running too hard. How do you decide on your priorities and where you will give attention?


There’s a short story in the book of Exodus about Moses, after leading the escape from slavery in Egypt. The Hebrews are wandering in the wilderness. Every day, people bring their complaints and disputes to Moses and he sits as a judge and mediator to sort things out. Soon, he is overwhelmed. Fortunately, his father-in-law, Jethro, shows up. Moses seems to enjoy a good relationship with Jethro and listens attentively to his counsel, which turns out to be a life-saver for Moses.


We all need a place to turn for help in in sorting out our priorities. When work or career expands and takes over our lives, personal and family time can get pushed out. When there is a health crisis, everything else takes a back seat. In these kinds of moments, my prayer life often suffers or gets neglected until I again realize that I need MORE of God, not LESS, to help me get my life in order. Or I need some time to pause long enough to reflect on what is happening and ask for help from God or others. I’ve always admired people who are able to say “no” when it helps them to keep their priorities for their life and faith. I’m sure I’m a bit jealous because that comes harder for me, but sometimes saying no to one request allows us to more fully say “yes” to what we most value.


Because we believe that God cares deeply and intimately about each of our lives, we count on God’s help to find our focus and priorities in life. Sunday, we worship and meet God, who knows us well, and the cares and pressures that work on us. Join us as we receive God’s help that allows us to fully live. 


NOTE; It’s Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2017. Read more about what happens on this day in Acts 2.

Read more about how you and your family can celebrate at home with these Pentecost resources


Dave Summers
Senior Pastor, Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
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