I got to thinking about setting and keeping priorities.... First of all, absent of context what would be your "Priority List"...
I think that mine is fairly typical.... 1) God 2) family 3) work 4) play
But as I grow older (and wiser?), I think that in any moment my top priority can be different. I just spent 3 days visiting my daughter and new granddaughter (now 6 months) and it was the most important thing I could have done.
There are times that if I don't get away and play (CBG or golf or just about anything that isn't "work", I will probably explode....
In my new understanding of "priorities" the word "Balance" is becoming important.
What about you... what are your priorities and how do you maintain "balance"...
Balance - it seems to be my sole focus lately (as you well know) and I'm still trying to figure that out.
As you stated in your post, individual priorities seem to become malleable on a day-by-day basis. Of course, we should always stay in touch with God every day. However, there can be physiological give-and-takes in our lives... some days we're using all our energy to serve others and others, we may goof off to give our body/minds healing.
Balance is everything to me right now. Each day, I ask myself what the proper balance is for the day.
I suffer from the same lack of balance. Or, I should say that balance is one area of my life where I have a total lack of power. Priorities are malleable. It's just stands to reason that in this adult life of responsibility, not every day is going to be the same. This, to me, is the very reason why it is imperative that I go to God daily. I have to ask Him each day how I can be the man He wants me to be. Now, I am only human and I would be lying if I told you that I remember to do this every day. But when I do, things just seem to fall into place. The path is clear. His purpose for me is apparent. And things seem to be different for me today now that my prayer life has changed somewhat. I used to pray for all manner of specific things. While my heart was in the right place, I was helped to see that this was, in a way, playing God! I try to only pray for knowledge of His will for me and the power to carry that out. It's been quite amazing how simple day to day life has become when I stopped thinking that God was my co-pilot. Today he is the Pilot and I am just a humble passenger.