Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. [Matthew 6:33 (NLT)]
Who comes first in our lives? Without a doubt, when I was a child, it was me. As far as I was concerned, the world pretty much revolved around me, myself and I: my toys, my games, my friends, my wants, my school, my plans. As I matured, I became a little less self-involved but I have to admit that my priorities still revolved around me: my education, my husband, my children, my family, my projects, my future! All of these are important, but no matter how much I love my husband, children and grandchildren, and no matter how worthwhile my projects or causes, none of these should be my first priority. That should always be God.
I wish I could say that God has always been first and foremost in my life. I wish I could say that the Holy Spirit has guided me in all of my decisions and that I held Jesus’ hand whenever I was troubled or afraid. I wish I could say I was obedient to His word and that His love always led my way. Unfortunately, I can’t. I know that if I had done those things, my life would have been happier; it certainly would have been more peaceful. As wonderful and fulfilling as my days have been, if God had come first, there certainly would have been fewer problems and more joy, fewer tears and more smiles. Nevertheless, I have no intention of wasting time in regrets or shedding tears over what I should have done or what might have been. Instead, I plan on regularly and prayerfully evaluating my priorities from this day forward.
I came across an acronym that not only reminds me of how to set my priorities but also tells me the reward of setting them correctly: JOY. Jesus comes first, Others are second, and You come last! If we follow that order, we’ll have joy in our lives!
Who’s on first in your life?
The measure of life is revealed in the quality of our relationships: with God, our families, our fellow men. [From “A Perfect Day” by Richard Paul Evans]