The Power of Prioritizing: Aligning Your Life with Christ

As Christians, we often use acronyms to help guide us in our spiritual journey. One such acronym is JOY, which stands for Jesus, Others, and Yourself. The idea is that by putting Jesus first, others second, and yourself third, you will experience God’s closeness and joy in your life. While this may seem like a godly way to live, it might be time to reconsider the arrangement.

Undoubtedly, the “J” is accurate; your relationship with Jesus should always be your top priority. However, the “O” and the “Y” might need some reevaluation. When you make Jesus your highest priority, He works to refine and shape you into someone who reflects His image.

Contrary to what the acronym implies, prioritizing your own spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical well-being isn’t selfish. In fact, it’s essential. Nurturing your relationship with Christ and allowing Him to guide your growth equips you to serve your family and ministry better. With this in mind, consider the following arrangement for your priorities:

  1. Jesus
  2. You
  3. Your Family
  4. Others

While this new alignment may not fit into a catchy acronym, there is profound power in its implementation. Arranging your priorities in any other way could be detrimental to not only your relationship with Jesus but also to yourself and those who rely on you. Your strength, growth, peace, and joy all stem from your connection with Christ. By nurturing this relationship, you will be better equipped to serve and love the people around you.