Sunday, October 23, 2011

First Things First

"You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38
Putting God first has been very much on my mind lately. I recently went on retreat and found that I was not putting him first. I was complaining about being too busy and not having enough time to pray, but I realized that I found time to do other things. And should God not be at the top of the list?
If I can find time to watch a television show, then I can find time to pray.
If I can find time to read a chapter in the book I am reading, then I can find time to pray.
If I can find time to go to the coffee shop to get my favorite iced coffee, then I can find time to pray.
There is nothing wrong with doing any of these things, but I found time to do them.
So I can find time to pray.
During my retreat, my daily “mantra” became first things first and it continues to be a daily reminder that God needs to be first in my life.
That doesn’t mean that I always succeed, but I am doing much better than I was doing.
Putting someone first in our lives lets them know where they belong in our heart, and our soul and our mind.
Dear Lord, I love you with all my heart, and my soul and my mind. I am sorry for the times I have not put you first and I am trying to do better. Help me, Lord, to remember that you come first before all things. Amen.
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Victor S E Moubarak said...


God bless.

Colleen said...

Thank you, Victor!

Jean Wise said...

Great reminder and very honest too. I love having short mantras to remind me to pay attention to what really matters and you have given me a great one!

Colleen said...

Jean, I am glad to hear that, considering all the wonderful mantras you give me with your lectio divina!! Thanks so much! God bless!

Daily Grace said...


Colleen said...

Daily Grace, thank you!

Barb Schoeneberger said...

It's amazing how the little things start taking away from the One Big Thing, and we start to grow attached to them. Retreats are good because they help us re-focus and renew our priorities.

I think also that if we are engaged in work designed to bring others close to God, the devil knows how to attack us and diminish our effectiveness by presenting us with opportunities that play to our weakness. Fortunately, our God is a jealous God and He usually does something to tighten the leash.

Colleen said...

Barb, those little things can sneak up on us too! I am grateful God tightens the leash!