Ed: What was I talking about?
Lisa: I don’t know.
Ed: Activities. Yeah, we let our activities dictate our priorities as opposed to letting our priorities dictate our activities.
Lisa: We’ve got it backwards. That’s generally true in most things. We have this ability to put our ways first and God’s ways last. So, what we must do is pray through and say, “Okay, God, I’ve traded up and I want your perspective. I know that the most important thing is for me to teach my children about you, so what should I be involved in everyday to make that happen? We need to pray that he can actually make it happen through us. So, that’s a question of priority. As we go through our day, we better check the line up. That’s the first thing we should do – line up the activities in our day and recognize how they stack up, how they line up with the priorities that God has set forth. After we line everything up, we need to ask, “Okay, is there too much stuff? What do we need to eliminate?”
Ed: So we line up and then we eliminate.
Lisa: We eliminate. That’s the second thing of the trade off.
Ed: I love this thing “eliminate” because great leaders, great men and women are great eliminators. Don’t tell me what you are doing. Tell me what you are not doing. Tell me what you eliminating. Tell me what you are not doing today that you maybe did last year – whether you are running a company, working, in school – whether you are a coach, a pastor, a mom or dad, a husband or wife. Greatness is all about saying no. It’s hard to say no.