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When Nick Saban was the coach of the Miami Dolphins, President George W. Bush was in Miami and wanted to meet Saban. Saban said that he did not have time. To most people Saban’s attitude might sound arrogant, but not to me. In essence, Saban said, “It’s not political for me; it’s football for me. It’s my job. My job is to prepare my team to play, and I don’t have time to meet the President.” Say what you will, but I will say there is a man who had identified his priorities and was sticking to them.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we must be able to establish and follow priorities. Paul instructed Timothy, as is recorded in 2 Timothy 2:4, “To please the recruiter, no one serving as a soldier gets entangled in the concerns of everyday life.”

I have learned that no one is going to help me keep my priorities. In fact, most people are going to tempt me with helping them deal with their priorities.

Our constant prayer should be that we not get entangled with the things that will keep us from fulfilling God-given priorities.

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Dr. Steve Horn
Steve Horn serves as the Executive Director for Louisiana Baptists. He was born in Columbia, Louisiana, and grew up in Lafayette. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Lafayette from June 2005 through May 2019. Dr. Horn has served in numerous national and state denominational positions including President of the Louisiana Baptist Convention in 2014-2015 and President of the Executive Board of the LBC in 2010-2011. He is married to Linett and they have two sons, Joshua and Dru.

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