Often we don't think about what our priorities are, but we still have them. Our priorities are whatever is ﬁrst in our thoughts and in how we plan our time. Having real peace in our lives requires making God ﬁrst above all other things that demand our attention.
If you put God ﬁrst in your ﬁnances, ﬁrst in your time, ﬁrst in your conversation, ﬁrst in your thoughts, ﬁrst in your decisions, your life will be a success. I am living evidence of this truth. Before I learned to put God ﬁrst, I was living in the worst messes that anybody could have. I had a bad attitude and couldn't think two positive thoughts in a row. I didn't like anybody, and nobody liked me. The abuse in my childhood had left me full of bitterness, resentment, and unforgiveness.
Our lives will not be blessed if we keep God in a little Sunday-morning box and let Him have our priority attention for only forty-ﬁve minutes, once a week during a church service. If Christians were putting Jesus ﬁrst in everything, then the world would be in a better condition. There are, of course, sincere, God-fearing, dedicated believers in every church and in society, but not nearly as many as there should be.
I've trained myself to start each day by giving God the ﬁrstfruits of my time. I've realized that I'm not going to get through the day peacefully if I don't spend time with God and put Him ﬁrst.
From the book New Day, New You by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2006 by Joyce Meyer. Published by InProv. All rights reserved.