Prioritize the Important

The Juggling Act of a Lifetime

Important responsibilities wrestle in our lives for dominance. The biggest contenders—work and family—often have the most difficult bouts. How do we, as believers, find balance between our commitments to our families and the work that God has called us to? In this video from the WorkMatters FUSE Forum, Doug McMillon, the President and CEO of Walmart, shares his perspective on the issue of work/life balance. It begins with identifying the important, and leaving the rest.

In order to balance the things in our lives that are most important, we have to be able to say "no" to the unimportant. Doug identified his most important things: his Christian faith, his work, and his marriage and family. Everything else took back seat to the important things. Work/life balance happens only when we create the space for it, and that begins with saying "no." 

What are your most-importants? What do you value the most, and want to prioritize?
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What unimportant or less important things compete for your time, attention, and energy, which detract from your focus on the important things? What have you done in the past to prevent them from crowding out the things that matter most to you?
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Doug pointed out that, no matter how good we are at balance, eventually we need to step back and reevaluate our lives, and get rebalanced. What can you do this week to pause and look at your priorities? When could you do it?
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When we intentionally craft a balance in life that prioritizes the important, we cultivate a history that we can be thankful for. At the end, we can look back without regret over where we spent our time. This week, set aside time to pause and rebalance, then chase what's truly important. 

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