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first things first

How often have we heard how important it is to have our priorities straight?  I’m guessing it’s been more than once or twice.

Why is that? The answer is simple: because we keep getting our priorities out-of-whack (that is a technical term meaning “messed up”). It’s not because we want to have our priorities out-of-order. Our intentions are good.

Over time, however, we get pulled or distracted or even disgruntled and our priorities begin to shift. A little here, a little there.  As our priorities shift, so do other things in life — home, family, happiness, and contentment.

One or two degrees in the wrong direction can make a big difference over time.

When couples come in for counseling, they often think the most important thing is their relationship.  They ask, “What can we do to work on our relationship?”  While their relationship is not unimportant, it’s not the most important.

Parents often make the mistake of thinking that the parenting relationship is the most important relationship.  It’s not.

The most important thing you can do for your husband or wife or children is to put God first.  When we are actively and effectively seeking a better relationship with God, it will be beneficial to all the other relationships in our lives.  When God takes a backseat, all other relationships will suffer as well.

The challenge, then, is to keep first things first.