Time to Put God First


But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33

The one thing that all of my challenges have done that affects me the most is to slow me down.

Well, ok, things came to a grinding halt.

I don’t like to think about that.

But, I have plenty of time to think anymore.

I used to be busy.  Really busy.

I was working, going to grad school in Chicago as a non-traditional student, trying to keep house and somehow reign in our two adopted kids and my own two that were living here at home.

I didn’t have a lot of time to think about God.

I promised Him that I’d be able to do so much more when life eased up.

Well, guess what?

Life eased up, time wise.

A lot.

I know all the words about putting God first in our lives - and keeping Him first.

I’m not so great at putting it into practice.

I’m not even sure what it looks like, actually.

I came from a family where one had to follow the rules.  Or else.

And I had a dad - 6’4’ and very intimidating - who made sure we didn’t want the “or else” part.

I guess I still carry a lot of that with me.

I want to know the rules with God.  What does putting Him first mean?  

Literally first?  Time first thing in the morning?  But what if the morning gets away from me?

First before any other activity?

I know I can start feeling guilty if I do anything other than “God stuff.”

Is it only “God stuff” we are to do?

And if it is, what does that look like?

I’m finding I am questioning so many things right now.

I’ve far more questions than answers.

I’d love to know what it means to you all to put God first.

How does it work in your life?

What does it look like?

Do you get tangled up in rules from your past?

This morning, I sit in my recliner and type away and I wonder - when I’m done - what am I supposed to do?

Is there a neat little routine that will allow me to say that I am putting God first?

Do I put down Candy Crush and spend my free time in prayer?

Where do rules stop and where does reality begin?

Any thoughts?  I’d love to hear them.

Because now that I have time to put God first, it is time to really put God first.

Father God, I pray for each reader, Lord, that we would learn to truly put You first, not out of guilt or obligation, but of love. Amen and amen

I’d love to hear how God is working in your life!

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