I have an agenda each and everyday in my business life. Something I use to help me work on the goals and programs of the business. An agenda prioritizes for me so that I am continually working on the things that are important. "The Bullet Points" of my life as I progress day by day. It is the many things that I focus my attention on.
As I thought about my own agenda today, the thought came to me that there are agenda's all around us. If we do not prioritize in our own lives, there will be those around us that will prioritize for us. It probably will not be the priorities we would choose for ourselves. There are so many other things that surround us and cry for our attention. I realize how easy it would be to follow the wrong agenda simply by losing track of the agenda I need to be following. I wonder what changes we might make in our lives if every time we made a choice, we would simply ask ourselves; Whose agenda does this supporting?
Think about it for a moment. Lets take some seemingly "little" things.
Whose agenda are we supporting if we:
- Whine and complain about what is happening to us, but don't do anything to try and change it.
- Take offense at anything and everything.
- Focus only on ourselves.
- Lie a little.
- Cheat a little.
- Be a little unkind.
- Set a bad example for our children.
- Dress immodestly.
- Be worldly.
- Blame and criticize.
- Focus on the mistakes that others make.
- Justify our sins.
- Be cruel.
- Hold a grudge.
- Not forgive.
- Fail to acknowledge the Lord's hand in every aspect of your life.
Doesn't that make you look at agenda in a little different light?
Whose agenda are we supporting if we don't spend time reading the scriptures?
If we don't have prayers?
If we buy into the belief that we can act and think and work and play and live and dress and be just like the rest of the world?
We have so many unique opportunities that the Lord has provided for us. We have so much freedom and so many ways to develop our own unique talents and abilities. But along with all that freedom, comes the responsibility of each one of us to put aside the agendas of the world and find and follow the agenda the God has for each one of us.
Heavenly Father wants us to have true joy. Joy happens when we follow the commandments and are ready to do what the Lord needs us to do. Joy happens when we are more like Him.
How different would our lives be if we simply asked ourselves, before every decision, Whose agenda is this anyway?