As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it. (Luke 19:41 NRSV)

Who will be crying at your funeral? That is a question that writer Patrick Morley, author of THE MAN IN THE MIRROR, has many people asking.

Morley and his wife were successful in their business. Their schedules were filled with business and civic responsibilities. Meanwhile they had young children at home who needed their attention.

One evening, as they reviewed their time-consuming responsibilities, the thought came, "Why not prioritize everything we do on the basis of who will be crying at our funeral?" And that's exactly what they did. The results, they claim, saved their family. "Why should you and I give ourselves to people who don't love us," Patrick Morley asks, "at the expense of those who do?"

Powerful thought. It is a question of priorities. It is a question of putting first things first. It is a question of taking charge of our time.

Creator of time, remind me often of who is really important. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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