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Work, bills, children, church, education, household chores, relationships. So many things compete for our attention and thousands of thoughts cross our minds every day. On top of all that, there are many voices that can affect our decisions and what we deem as the most important things in our lives.

Have you ever made a decision based on the expectations of other people?

Most of us would answer yes, and often times trying to live up to the expectations results in us putting God’s priorities on the sidelines. Our relationship with Him takes a backseat as we tirelessly try to please and live up to the status quo.

I need to get that promotion. I need to be married by the time I’m ___. I have to buy that car. We constantly compare ourselves to others and so often are our own worst critic.

So, how can any of us take charge of our life without losing our connection with God? The answer, as simple as it may sound, is to allow God to be the voice speaking into your life. Allow Him to show you what to prioritize and pursue.

It’s a constant battle between priorities and expectations, but He will help you to filter out all of the noise that competes for your attention. Once you really focus on God’s priorities and begin to line your life up to them, the importance of meeting all the expectations of others will begin to fade away.

The truth is, to balance your life means to understand what and who is most important. Replace worry with prayer, and insecurity with faith. Listen to the one voice that truly matters in your life and begin to seek out God’s purpose and plan in your day-to-day priorities!

“Then Jesus said to His disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” Luke 12:22-26
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