If you are not extremely careful, this world (your classmates, your employer, your friends, your TV viewing, your politics) will pressure you into accomplishing their values, completely missing God’s values. You must line up your priorities. You must figure out what is important. What do I value? What do I want to give my time and my life for? And you decide what really matters.
Most of you have a “To Do” list. I suggest that you make a “Don’t Do” list. Why? Because you must learn to line up your priorities. Knowing what is your business and what is none of your business is the secret of an effective life. You have to focus. The more you concentrate your life for Christ, the more your life will make an impact in this world.
Your life is like a light. Light concentrated becomes a laser, it has the power to burn. Light diffused has no power at all. You can take the power of the sun and focus it under a magnifying glass and burn grass and little bugs! If you focus your life like a laser, concentrate your life – “This is what I do. This is what I don’t do.” – you will be far more effective.
The Bible says it is dumb to try to do everything. An intelligent person aims at wise action, but a fool starts off in many directions. You start in fifteen directions and there is no cohesiveness to where you are headed in life. We all need to discover what is important and then do it. Life is too precious. Do not major on minor issues. Life is too short. Do not waste your life reading inferior books, watching inferior movies, listening to inferior music. Fill your mind with good, wholesome, right things.