Thursday, July 9, 2009

First things First

Australia, Victoria, The Great Ocean Road, Twelve Apostles, sunset

When we plan our days, weeks, months,and years what is our focus? Do we look at the financial part of our lives and plan accordingly? Do we look at career goals and map out the best strategy? How about family, what goals do we write down for our children, marriage, personal life, etc.?

In an age when everyone is being stretched to their limit, we barely sleep because our planners are so full we can't possible do everything we need to do to accomplish everything on our lists. We wouldn't think of going to bed with out announcing it to the world via
FB and Twitter. It's become a way of life.

We are bound to paper calendars and neatly organized planners with beautiful covers to make them more user friendly. The beauty of the outward appearance and the efficiency of the inner workings makes us want to carry them with us at all times. Their eye appeal eases the fact that we are bound to them like a chain around our necks.

We are bound to our
Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, newsletters and whatever else comes along in the name of Social Networking, because we need all this to promote ourselves to reach the above listed plans for our lives and besides it's fun.

We are bound to what ever the latest technology offers us in the form of a cellphone/computer/planner/life source. They have become an extra appendage, we can't leave a room without them much less leave home without them.

Now, before you get all offended by what I've said, I have a cell phone,
facebook,twitter,blog and paper planner. I carry everything plus the kitchen sink with me at all times, just in case.

What I want to do is give all of us pause.. take just a minute, slow down, take a breath, smell the roses, see a sun rise or set, have a cup of coffee in a real cup with a saucer, have a spot of tea.

Then we all need to look at our lists of goals and plans see where we put God in all that. Is he first and
foremost on the lists? Is He the focal point of our planned life, our rigid schedules?

Do we go to Him first, single minded, intent on drawing closer to Him before we start down crazy lane? Is He, our creator, the first thing on our minds when we wake up? Is He the first One in the mornings we communicate with? Do we really seek Him with all our hearts, or do we just read through a devotional say a quickie prayer only to spend hours planning and plotting our successful lives?

He wants to be first. He wants to be last and everything in between. His word says He'll make the crooked road straight. Talk about, time management, how much time would that save in life's travel?

Is.44:6 says, This is what the Lord says, Israel's King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty. I am the First and the Last; apart from me there is no God.

Do we put Him first, above all the challenges of a fast paced life? Is He given the time allotment in our schedules He as our Creator deserves?

Apart from Him there is no God...Do we have little gods ruling our lives? Little gods demanding time that should be given freely and joyfully to our Father? Do we give in to the lie that all this stuff is necessary to function?

Where does God really fit into our daily schedule? Is He first and foremost all day everyday or do we squeeze Him in when it's convenient for us?

Lord, slow us down so we can truly see your plan for our household. Let us stand each day in awe of your majesty and greatness. We thank you for all the technology you've permitted to come into our lives and we ask You give us the wisdom to use it wisely.


Daughter of the King of Kings
Mother of Princesses and Princes
Grandmother of Royalty

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