According to Merriam-Webster, a ‘priority’ is a thing that is regarded as more important than another. That means something meriting attention before competing alternatives
Men often confuse their identity with what they do for a living or their career or profession. That’s why men are most interested in the question: ‘What do you do for a living. As innocent as this question may seem, behind it lies’ a more significant question: ‘Who are you?’ The distinction is subtle, but very important: men mistake what they do for who they are. They confuse the ‘what’ with the ‘who’
It is an age old problem, a lawyer once asked Jesus ‘Teacher, which command in God’s Law is the most important?’ Jesus said, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.’
You see, the Lawyer asked about the ‘what’ and Jesus answered him with the ‘who’ Notice that the two commandments share in common a relational component: love God first; love people second. Relationships should be our priorities. Work, houses, cars, positions, computers etc, should not appear on our priority list, they are gifts from God. Love God and love people, a priority that does not have a relational component probably shouldn’t be priority at all.