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How a Jar of Golf Balls Helps Me Prioritize

On a shelf in my study sits a large jar of golf balls. While it’s not exactly magazine-worthy décor, those golf balls represent the most important things in my life.

I put them in the jar years ago as a reminder to set my priorities and work on them first. And every year I decide what the balls represent. The jar reminds me that if I had filled it with smaller items first, the golf balls would not fit. In much the same way, if I don’t make goals a priority, smaller responsibilities and opportunities will fill the space in my life.

What are the items in my jar? Finishing a manuscript for the book I’m writing. Selling my mom’s house. Losing 20 pounds. Learning to ride horses. And one of the most important: Achieving my giving goals. Why? I know that I have to be intentional in my giving— make it a priority—or it will never rise to the top of my to-do list. I truly believe God has blessed me, giving me the opportunity to know Him better and work alongside Him through giving.

Goals take work. I often need to break mine down into smaller objectives. Then, to keep myself on track, I set aside time to assess my progress. With time,working the plan becomes a habit—a good habit.

As we think about the remainder of 2016, what are your top three specific priorities—those things that require action? Is making a Giving Plan one of them? Come back Thursday for a plan to get you started.

Kim King

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Kim King

Kim King served as an attorney and manager in the law department of Exxon Mobil Corporation for over thirty years. She is now pursuing writing and other interests and lives in Houston with her four-legged roommate, Callie. She has served on the boards of various ministries. She loves to learn, write, and teach. Her first book, When Women Give, was released by InterVarsity Press in August 2017. Kim is passionate about helping women fulfill their purpose to the glory of God. Her purpose statement is “bringing clarity.”

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