Have you ever made arrangements to have people over and your day didn’t go the way you planned? You were late getting home and the clean up you thought you would have time for didn’t happen. You end up running around throwing things in closets and cabinets to straighten up. For me, everything gets piled up on the washer and dryer. I mean a huge pile! It’s pretty ridiculous. I pray no one opens the laundry room door because while my house looks orderly and clean on the surface, behind that door is a mess!
One of my biggest struggles is keeping my relationships and responsibilities in the right order in my life. Many times, I have good intentions but what ends up happening is I look like I have it all together on the outside but if you talk to my kids or my husband, or my friends, they might feel differently. Years ago, I heard a question posed to a woman in leadership, ”How do you keep your priorities balanced? God, Husband, Kids, Ministry, Friends, etc…?” Her answer was simple: “If I keep God in first place in my life, everything else will be brought to my attention when it needs attention.”
She wasn’t saying that we shouldn’t have a plan to spend time on our important relationships and responsibilities. She was saying that when we make our relationship with God our first priority and we invite Him into our schedule each day, He leads us. If something needs some extra attention, He will prompt us and help us make the time.
So what does it look like for God to be first in my life? I think it starts with inviting God to be in charge of each day. Trusting that He can use anything that happens to bring me closer to Him and show me where He is working. Putting God first is my choice every day. When I do, my relationship with Him will grow … instead of reading a few verses in my bible, I might read a chapter. I’ll find myself praying and inviting Him to direct my steps when decisions need to be made. When things go different than I planned, I look to Him to help me figure it out and I am much more peaceful because I know He is in control.
Here is a simple prayer that may help you.
God, you know the things that are most important in my life. You know all the things I am responsible for. As I make my plans, you see where I need to make adjustments. I invite you to interrupt me and point out the areas I may not see. Lead me today so that you are first place in my life and I am doing what you want me to do. Amen