Is it Time for a Reset? 5..4..3..2..1…. Fire At 12:15 am Friday June 18, 2010 Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed by firing squad at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah for the murder of an attorney 25 years before. Although it’s always a tragedy when capital punishment is required very few people disagree with the ultimate consequences of Mr. Gardner’s actions. In reading the news reports years ago, I was led to think about the times in my life when I faced serious consequences for my poor decisions. Most of them were caused by my failure to keep my priorities in correct order. The consequences I receive are in most cases caused by my failure to prioritize correctly. As humans we are faced with the reality that if left to our own devices we will screw up our lives almost every time. It’s easy for us to become lost and confused and change our priorities. God Spouse Children/Family Friends Poor and Needy Me Whenever I find myself moving up the list I know my priorities are off. Whenever I put my wife above God I know my priorities are off. Whenever I put my friend’s needs above my family’s needs my priorities are off. Sooner or later my priorities will need to be reset. For those of us with a Christian faith background, God uses scripture and people to remind us to reset our boundaries. When we are taking the time to read the Bible and stay plugged into our Christian community we normally can keep our priorities correct. Unfortunately a lot of us don’t follow this road and we find ourselves in need of a “Reset”. In the first 19 years of my marriage I slowly allowed my priorities to get mixed up. I moved “Me” to the top in most cases and at other times my “Spouse” was at the top. Most of the time “God” was near the bottom. My feeble attempts to reset my priorities by myself were unsuccessful and in May 2008 my marriage exploded. I was experiencing a “Reset” I am convinced situations and trials in our lives give us the opportunity to “Reset”. When we allow ourselves to get so far off track that we can’t find our way back these situations will hopefully cause us to seriously reevaluate our priorities. At the lowest time in my life, when God felt the furthest away from me, I experienced the “God Reset”. I was forced to either put my priorities back in order or suffer the consequences. I chose to “Reset” my priorities, turn away from the cliff and return to my relationship with Christ, who for me, has to be first.