Thursday, March 30, 2006

What Are Your Priorities?

I got this from our Diocesan Stewardship Newsletter this month. - Jeff

What Are Your Priorities?

Jesus said to his disciples, “No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Luke 16: 9-15)

When Jesus spoke of “serving mammon” he was teaching of priorities. “Mammon” means “assets”- cash, savings, investments, property – any and all possessions. So mammon is not a negative thing. Mammon becomes negative when we make our assets God.

There is an old adage that says “Tell me how you spend your time, your money and your thoughts, and I’ll tell you what is most important in your life.” What is the priority in your life? Are your priorities in the right place?

Take a personal inventory right now. This past week…. How did I spend my time, my money and my thoughts?

How Do You Use Your Gift of Time?

14,880 minutes make up a week. Studies show that the average American uses their minutes as follows:

  • Sleeping: 3,115 minutes
  • Working: 1,288 minutes
  • Watching TV: 1,078 minutes
  • Household Chores: 462 minutes
  • Eating: 371 minutes
  • Commuting: 357 minutes
  • Grooming: 343 minutes
  • Reading: 301 minutes
  • Meal prep: 238 minutes
  • Child/pet care: 175 minutes
  • Hobbies: 126 minutes
  • Grocery Shopping:112 minutes
  • Exercising: 110 minutes
  • Worship: 105 minutes

Are you giving ENOUGH back to God?

(A portion of this article taken from The Little Burgundy Book 2003).


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