Have you ever heard the expression, “Keep the main thing, the main thing”?
It’s a quaint little quip, isn’t it?
When our lives are not anchored to a “main thing”, we can find ourselves miles and miles off course. On the other hand, when our lives are built around a firm set of standards, they can be incredibly focused and strong.
I believe that there’s a lot of simplicity to be found in identifying our “main things”, and then making decisions and priorities from there. When we come across something – from an item at Target to a request for a coffee date or even a new job – it’s easier to discern what to do if you have solid set of standards.
Can I tell you what this looks like for me?
I try and make decisions based on those things, and in that order. I spend the first part of my day in prayer and in the Word, both by myself and with my husband. If I haven’t worked out for the day but I also have an essay to finish, I buckle down and write. I rarely make plans with friends for Wednesday nights, because that’s date night for Hans and I. Even though I would love to blog all the time, I try to put it on the back burner until schoolwork is done. Because Hans and I are on a budget (and I want to respect my husband), I choose not to bury us in debt by buying allthethings from IKEA. I’m trying to get in the habit of talking about my worries and problems to God before I discuss them with my friends.
I don’t get this perfectly. I’ve skipped class to spend time blogging and I’ve had plenty of days where I chose Downton Abbey instead of getting outside. BUT – having my list of “main things” makes it very simple for me to know what decisions I should make.
Simplicity is a choice. You have to choose which things are the highest priority (and the most precious to you!) and be willing to let go of everything else.
Challenge! Write down 15-20 things that take up most of your time and energy. Be honest with yourself. Now out of that list, pick the top 4 or 5 things that you want to be your “main things”. Write them out all fancy like on a notecard or sticky note and put it in a place that will remind you to keep your “main things”.
What are ways you prioritize your “main things”?