Proverbs 6:23

The tyranny of the urgent will always out-shout the essential nature of the important...if we let it. 

We have to determine not to let that happen. The secret is establishing personal priorities. I have suggested four:

  • Set a firm foundation—be biblical
  • Apply the truth of the Scriptures—be authentic
  • Develop a compassionate attitude—be gracious
  • Stay current, always up-to-date—be relevant

As we begin to do this, Christianity becomes something that is absorbed, not just worn. It is more than believed; it is incarnated. 

And if there is anything that will catch the attention of preoccupied people fighting the fires of the urgent, it is God's truth incarnated. It happened in the first century and it can happen in the 21st. Even in an aimless world like ours.


Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.