What should I do first?
I can’t do everything so what should I make sure I do? I know that setting the right priorities is my life is extremely important so I don’t miss doing the most important thing.
But what is the most important thing?
After reading God’s word, it’s clear to me – no question – that the main thing I was created to do has been the main thing since the beginning of time. Over 3500 years ago, Moses told his people to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5.
The main thing.
When I get this right, I put God in a position in my life where he makes me whole, gives me a purpose for each day and helps me with everything else.
That’s my reality. When I seriously started putting God first, he helped me be a better mother, a better wife, a better employee, a better boss, a better friend…..a better person.
I know, it sounds like loving God with our whole self means more stuff to do – seriously studying the Bible, faithfully participating in worship, serving God with my spiritual family, developing a solid prayer life and regularly meeting with others to grow my faith and be encouraged. When I decided to obey and put God first in my life I didn’t need any more things to do. God challenged me to get my priorities straight at a time when I was a young wife and a mother of two little kids who travelled regularly for work. My calendar was over-stuffed! It’s a good thing I’ve never been very excited about watching TV because I had no time to watch anything – for years.
I found out that this was the perfect time for me to put God first because, as I watched, he supernaturally worked it all out. Very quickly, I felt less stretched, less stressed and more joyful. God took away my worries and the heavy weight of my responsibilities which often kept me awake at night and gave me peace and purpose – he filled a hole in my life that I wasn’t even aware I had.
If you’ve made this commitment, you know what I mean. If you’ve never done this, you want to go for it. Try it. It’s worth it.
It’s true – I still struggle sometimes and get my priorities mixed up. But now I know where to go for peace and restoration. My Abba Father is always waiting, ready to help.
Putting God first in our lives is not a suggestion from God, it is a command. Like all of his commands, we are blessed when we obey.
May we be found faithful, Abba Father.