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What Are Your Priorities?
Priorities


Main Point of Discussion: Help your family members analyze their priorities as well as the actions they take to keep those priorities.

Vital Info Before You Get Started: (The following should help you contextualize this important issue so you can have a great discussion about it with your kids.)

  • You’ll start this discussion with a “most important-least important exercise” to complete with your family members.

  • You’ll need: 20 or so 3x5 cards, each with a word or phrase written on it.

  • You can write the following on your cards or come up with your own:

      o Study
      o Athletic practice
      o Go to youth group
      o Call boyfriend/girlfriend
      o Sleep a lot
      o Read Bible
      o School classes
      o Talk with Mom
      o Eat a lot
      o Shop
      o Watch TV
      o Feed the dog/chores
      o Read book
      o Pray
      o Go to church
      o Go out with friends
      o Help a friend in trouble
      o Help your brother fix his bike

The Exercise:
Lay out 3x5 cards. Have your family members put them in order from most important to least important. Tell them to come up with a group consensus of priorities for the group (one order that best represents the whole group—that they all pretty much agree on). Note where they choose to place “go to church” and “read Bible” and other spiritually oriented activities. Also, note disagreement between your family members.

After they’re finished, you can ask them…


Three Simple Questions:
    Q: What did you learn from this exercise?

    Q: How do you suppose we—as serious Christ-followers—should react to how we’ve ordered these priorities?

    Q: How can we move from healthy, Bible-based opinions about this exercise to actually living out those opinions?


Wrap Up:

A lot of times we talk about “priorities” in our lives, but often our actions reflect something else entirely. Or perhaps some of us have been wondering if we’re even satisfied with our priorities. Whatever the case may, your father/mother and I want you to come to us with your questions and issues—and what priorities are in your life.


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