Sermon quotes on priorities

Ezra Taft Benson

When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives. Our love of the Lord will govern the claims for our affection, the demands on our time, the interests we pursue, and the order of our priorities.

Francis Chan

Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.

Stephen Covey

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

Tim Ferriss

Lack of time is actually lack of priorities.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.

John Irving 

“We often need to lose sight of our priorities in order to see them.”

Trying to Save Piggy Sneed

Woodrow Kroll

Everything begins with the right priorities, and right priorities begin with God.

John Piper

If the pursuit of God’s glory is not ordered above the pursuit of man’s good in the affections of the heart and the priorities of the Church, man will not be well served, and God will not be duly honored. I am not pleading for a diminishing of missions but for a magnifying of God. When the flame of worship burns with the heat of God’s true worth, the light of missions will shine to the darkest peoples on earth. And I long for that day to come!

Steven Pressfield 

The Principle of Priority states (a) you must know the difference between what is urgent and what is important, and (b) you must do what’s important first.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Mike Slaughter

An idol is anything or anyone that receives my primary focus of both my energy and my resources, which should first of all, belong to God.

Henry David Thoreau

It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?

Rick Warren

Living in light of eternity changes your priorities.

Augustine of Hippo

My weight is my love. Wherever I am carried, my love is carrying me.


Steve Jobs

People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying ‘no’ to 1,000 things.

Conversation with Nike CEO, Mark Parker

J.R.R. Tolkien

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.

S. Truett Cathy 

I’d like to be remembered as one who kept my priorities in the right order. We live in a changing world, but we need to be reminded that the important things have not changed, and the important things will not change if we keep our priorities in proper order.

Albert Schweitzer

We are gripped by God’s will of love, and must help carry out that will in this world, in small things as in great things, in saving as in pardoning. To be glad instruments of God’s love in this imperfect world is the service to which we are called.

Vilfredo Pareto

If you’re Noah, and your ark is about to sink, look for the elephants first, because you can throw over a bunch of cats and dogs and squirrels and everything else that is just a small animal—and your ark will keep sinking. But if you can find one elephant to get overboard, you’re in much better shape.

Mark Twain

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow just as well.

William Law

If you attempt to talk with a dying man about sports or business, he is no longer interested. He now sees other things as more important. People who are dying recognize what we often forget, that we are standing on the brink of another world.

Eugene Peterson

An excellent way to test people’s values is to observe what we do when we don’t have to do anything, how we spend our leisure time, how we spend our extra money.

Taken from A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society by  Eugene Peterson Copyright (c) 1980, 2000 by Eugene Peterson. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL.

Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill, and Rebecca R. Merrill

Almost all of us feel torn by the things we want to do, by the demands placed on us, by the many responsibilities we have.

First Things First (New York: Free Press, 1996), 18.

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