C.S Lewis once wrote: Put first things first and we get second things thrown in: put second things first and we lose both…
I think it was American President Thomas Jefferson who said: “Never put off till tomorrow what can be achieved today.”
I’m priority driven, but my wife Norma is that more, she’s next level – it’s diagnosable. As I write this we’re on our way to the scenic Blue Mountains a couple of hours west of Sydney. We have some international guests and I’m in the back of the bus badgering my father-in-law with “are we there yet’s?” I’m watching Norm quietly ponder the trip and I’m sure she is making a list and checking it thrice, organising and planning a plan, prioritising something.
Back to C.S Lewis, what comes first matters – priorities drive ambition and desire and dictate direction. The crucible of our life is discovered in what we live for – what comes first.
I’m forced to consider my ways, my thoughts, my heart – all of these reveal my priorities.
Haggai 1:4-7 says:
4 “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”
5 Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.
6 You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”
7 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.”
Should we stop for a moment and give careful thought to our ways… For first things first.