I want to ask you today, do you live your life by first priorities or by the last resort? I mean, we all do it at some point, don’t we? Delay something until the inevitable happens…yeah, you gotta go to that dentist before they have to do surgery or something!
Let me explain a little more of what I mean…
– you set out to do it…First
– you have lots of energy and focus for it
– you will forsake other things for this one… Often, all others things for this one
– your failure rate is lowered b/c you have incredible energy, intense concentration, deep passion and determination to
complete the task
– you willingly suffer pain, ridicule, criticism, heartache, even complete loneliness…if that’s what it takes
– you’ll change your hair, your clothes, your house, your town or location
– you’ll rise early, stay up late, not eat, not sleep, just to accomplish the goal.
– many times, you will quickly, or at least determinedly, alter your whole LIFE for this first priority
If you don’t believe me, let’s plug in a few words for that phrase “first priority”… Boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, children, your BFF, sick or dying parent, new friends, new job, new position or title. We will do a lot to accomplish those first priorities.
But what about those last resorts? …those things that we wait and we ponder on …those ideas we “need more information on before we can complete” … (😉 wink) …those people maybe we “put on the back burner” for a little while …
You know, those things we just don’t accomplish or deal with at the onset…
– this option usually isn’t much fun
– this option isn’t always attractive or exciting
– this choice may cost you emotions, energy, even suffering
– this choice may cost you monetary means or pride
– you put this off until there are no more options
– you have tried everything else with no success
– often, getting here is a result of procrastination, fear, laziness or even rebellion
– often, when you get here, you have lost your dream, your purpose, your passion and, sometimes, even your hope
Shall I name a few? Let’s see…
bad habits, weight-loss, doctors’ appointments, that 1500 page textbook reading, annual reports, or maybe it’s people… The in-laws and the outlaws, your boss, that friend that really gets on your nerves but keeps wanting to get together for coffee, …or maybe it’s just…..your mother! Ahh, those last resorts. They are definitely a sore spot, aren’t they?
Now, I’d like each of us to take a minute and examine our hearts to see where God fits in. Is He our first priority, or is He our last resort? Is He at the top of the list or the bottom? Do we give Him our first, our best or our last, our leftovers?
Living a life with habits which lead toward first priorities helps you to have better focus, more energy. It causes you to be more dependable and committed, and it saves you a lot of headache and worry in the end. If you’ll put God at the top of your priority list, you’ll be able to see more clearly and you’ll be able to find strength in what you must accomplish. It doesn’t mean everything will always be perfect, or without struggle, it simply means, you’ll have an internal peace and strength that will help you through those times. You’ll find as you consistently place Him at the top, those last resorts will be less frequently needed. As you consistently look to Him as your highest priority, you will find that many things just seem to “fall into place” a little easier.
Living a life with habits which always leads you to the last resort CAN be done; however, you do more surviving than you do thriving. You do more worrying than you do smiling. You do more crying than you do laughing. The Word says, “The JOY of the Lord is my strength.” Ask yourself, where is your joy today? Where are your concerns? Where are your priorities?
God is a gracious and loving God, and if you choose Him as a last resort, He will still love you. He will still forgive you. He will still help you, and He can still change and transform you! He will never neglect your cry simply because you choose Him last, but choosing Him first, as a first priority, helps YOU live a more full life. It helps you avoid more pitfalls. It helps you to love more deeply, and it helps you to laugh more freely!
Choosing God as your first priority helps YOU more than it does Him! 😉 So, if I can, let me encourage you today to choose God as you FIRST priority; so, you don’t have to seek Him out as your last resort!
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33