First Things First: God
When it comes to setting priorities any Christian will tell you, “God first, then family, then ministry, then everything else.” But in day-to-day living how often do we see this practiced?
As a young mom, I’d been convicted at my lack of time with God. I knew I should read the Bible, and I always felt better when I did. But the problem came in matching my desire with the practicalities of daily living.
Searching for a solution, I realized my only quiet moments occurred before my family awoke. Determined, I set my alarm at 5:00 a.m. I was tired the next day, but also spiritually nourished after a time of prayer and reading. That’s not to say that all quiet times must be in the morning or off in corner of the house.
My friend, Janet McHenry—author of Prayerwalk: Becoming a Woman of Prayer, Strength, and Discipline (Waterbrook)—has developed time with God in her own way. Janet struggled with setting correct priorities. She was depressed, had gained weight, and lacked quiet time with God. Janet decided to tackle all three by praying while she walked the streets of her town.
“I could never claim that verse, ‘The joy of the Lord is my strength,’ because I never knew what joy was,” Janet says. “Now I know that joy is being totally centered on God. And I get that daily center as I prayerwalk.”
As Janet and I have discovered, taking time to seek God and to ask His opinion about daily duties helps us to rearrange priorities to fit His agenda.
“God will tell you what is front and center today,” says author Jill Briscoe. “Are you listening?”