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21 August – First Things First


I recently read a quote by a man I respect that has been happily married for over 40 years. After 40 years they can honestly say that they still like and love one another. He said, “When people ask how we’ve been married for so long I say, we love God more than we love each other”.

When our spiritual life is healthy and we have a growing relationship with Jesus our relationships, goals and all we hope and dream of has a far greater chance of happening and lasting. It’s not just about finding or even taking care of ourselves, but about putting God first and leaning on His strength rather than just our own. When we truly put Him first we essentially connect to the life source and power of everything that is good and true which has far reaching benefits for the way we live our daily lives.

If we bookend our day talking to Jesus; with Him being the first one we converse with in the morning and the last one at night that we give our attention to, then we will start to filter what happens in our day through Him. I want to have Jesus as my first priority, my husband second, my kids third and my extended family, friends, work, goals and hobbies come after that.

However sometimes other things can try and sneak in and try to crowd our important out. We check in with social media, the news or work related issues instead of Jesus being first in our day. We end our day slumped in front of work or the TV and tell ourselves we’ll get to God and spend time with our loved ones tomorrow. We allow job pressures and busyness to take over all our time and the weeks and months pass by without a date night with our partner, a holiday or day out with the kids and friends are something we used to have. We lean on our own ability and strength to live the life we dream of, yet fail over and over to walk in it because we live trying to essentially wdo it alone.

So today why not change all that and start by asking God to help you put the important, rather than the most urgent as first in your life. The life God has for you is possible so I encourage you to ask Him to reveal what it is and to empower you with His strength to live your absolutely best life. Then with His help start the process of “putting first things first”.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you”. (Matthew 6:33)

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”(Matthew 19:26)

Prayer: Lord help me to be honest with what and who I actually prioritise in my life. Then please help me to start the process of putting the important first in my life and knowing how to lean on your strength so that I can be who you say I am. In Jesus name Amen.

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