Christopher Robin's Priorities: How What You Spend Your Time On Shapes You

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Priorities. We all have them. They’re what we live by. Or at least we say we do. But do what we call our priorities actually line up with how we live?

What we spend our time on tells us what is most important to us. It’s so easy to argue and say that we’re just too busy, there isn’t time for the things that we want to do. But if it was truly important, wouldn’t we make time? We seem to have time enough to waste, so there ought to be time enough to commit to the important things.

Christopher Robin’s Priorities

(*spoiler alert*)

In the movie Christopher Robin, it is very clear that our dear Christopher thinks his work is very important. His reasons are good – he desires security after the war, and wants to provide a good life for his family. These are not bad things. But he begins to focus more and more on his work, pouring all his time and energy into it, and neglects his family. He hasn’t any time to spend enjoying life with his wife, and building a relationship with his daughter.

We see Christopher’s priorities in his briefcase – he carries it with him everywhere and describes it to Pooh as something that carries important things. Pooh begins to wonder if the only important things are in the briefcase. Christopher says his daughter is the most important - but he doesn’t carry her with him everywhere.

The things and people that Christopher called the most important in his life were not what he treated the most important. He could SAY that his daughter and his wife were the most important, but his actions SHOWED that work was his top priority.

All his time and energy was poured into his job. Just saying that his family was most important didn’t reveal that importance to anyone else.

The Most Important Thing

Living in the world we do, there are many “important” things in life. Things that are necessary and need to be attended to. We need to work. We need to take care of our houses and cars and be responsible with our belongings.

Family and friends are important. We need to invest time and energy into our relationships if we want them to work.

But even these things are still not the most important. These things should not be our top priority.

What is the one thing that we most need to invest our time and energy into?

God.

I was recently reading Jeremiah and came across these verses:

This is what the Lord says: “What did your ancestors find wrong with me that led them to stray so far from me? They worshiped worthless idols, only to become worthless themselves. – Jeremiah 2:5 NLT


“For my people have done two evil things: They have abandoned me— the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all! – Jeremiah 2:13 NLT

I pointed them out to my husband and he thought they were a bit depressing. So far, the majority of Jeremiah has been quite a lot of depressing, discouraging words. People suck at following God and He is ready to destroy them. They’re completely worthless and empty! Those are some heavy words!

But here is why they stood out to me:

This has been a topic that God has been quietly speaking to me again and again over the past few months. Time is precious, and how we spend that time is effective – effective in building us up, propelling us towards our goals, or effective in bringing us down and blocking us from being effective.

What is Shaping You?

Here are some questions that God has given me to think about:

What are you pursuing?

What is filling your time?

How is it shaping you?

How Christopher Robin spent his time shaped his behaviour and character. He was constantly working. He worked every day, rarely getting a break, and stayed long hours. He brought work home and continued to work. His days, evenings, and weekends were completely taken up by work. He was stressed and constantly going over numbers in his head. He viewed his work as vital and therefore everything else was a distraction and a nuisance.

He expected his daughter to work, too, and enjoy it. He was being shaped a certain way, and started to expect the people around him to be shaped the same way.

Shaped Like Jesus

I’m a little ashamed to admit that much of my time is wasted. I spend my time on worthless things, telling myself that I’m pursuing God, my work or rest, but the things that I really do don’t reflect those desires. I’m pursuing worthless things.

I do not want to be worthless. So I need to start pursuing things of worth. What is filling my time? How is it shaping me? Am I filling my time with social media, Netflix, and other mindless activities? Am I being shaped into a lazy person who dreams about things, but never does them? Or am I pursuing hard work, good relationships, and purpose? Most importantly, am I pursuing intentional times with God where I can learn and grow and be made more like Him?

So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. – 2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT

In the end, Christopher Robin realizes where he’s gone wrong and fights to adjust his priorities and make his life reflect what’s important. Choosing to put his family first affects how he views his work and even gives him new ideas for the company. His new priorities completely reshaped his life.

We pursue things in life to try and fill us. Whatever we use to fill us, shapes us. But anything we try on our own is just a broken cistern that leaks out everything we try to shove in. The fountain of living water is right there, and we need to turn to it to be filled. We need to spend our time seeking God so that we are being shaped to be like Christ.

Are our activities – in work and rest – reflecting a desire to be filled with the living water?

What are you pursuing?

What is filling your time?

How is it shaping you?