Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray my Cuisinart to keep.
I pray my stocks are on the rise. And that my analyst is wise.
That racquetball won’t get too tough, That all my sushi’s fresh enough.
I pray my iPhone 6 still works, That my career won’t lose its perks;
My microwave won’t radiate; My condo won’t depreciate.
I pray my health club doesn’t close. And that my money market grows
If I go broke before I wake I pray my Volvo they won’t take.
This little poem offered by Steve Farrar outlines a problem for each of us today. It begs the question, “What is really most important to you in life?” What are you priorities…what’s in first place?
We can find over and again in the Scriptures references to getting first things first, of not getting our priorities out of order, of “seeking first” the Kingdom of God, of following first the Commission of Jesus, and loving God first and best.
Priorities are important. The little poem above captures just about every misplaced priority we could imagine, but I’m sure there are a few that may challenge you that didn’t get mentioned.
The process of correcting priorities BEGINS with an awareness of what we are REALLY seeking with our lives. And we use two ways to communicate what we are REALLY about: Our TIME, and our MONEY. Where does your time go…where does your money go? I’ll answer for us all:
to that which is most important to us.
Where is the challenge for you today? Things? Work? Bills? Family? House? Cars? Boats? Or can you honestly say, “I am seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness?” That is where priorities begin to get rightly ordered. And then, “all these other things” can find their proper place in your life.