The Key to Keeping First Things First
“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” This is a quote that seems to be most attributed to Stephen Covey, but his book was first published in 1987 and I’ve heard preachers using it well before that.
“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” There something about that kind of logic that makes me smile.
What are the main thing for you?
Before you go all spiritual and ruin this exercise, I want to you stop and think. Do you do what you do because it’s important to you and your personal development or do you do what you do because it just “needs to get done”?
Now when we do something with all everything do whatever we do becomes important at least to our personal development. Brother Lawrence called it “practicing the presence of God.” He focussed on God’s presence no matter what he was doing.
Paul told us, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Colossians 3:23 (NLT)
And that really is the key to keeping first things first. When we do what we do as if it’s for God instead of trying to please someone or live up to their expectations life is better. This is assuming that the main thing is to keep God the main thing.
Now you might think I’m trying to motivate myself to finish up our taxes today…and you’re probably right. I have stacks of receipts littering my office floor as if I was training a puppy. I’ve already total most of what I need to total – every year I tell myself I should do weekly updates and every year I do it for a few months and so every year I have stacks of receipts on my floor. And then I start philosophizing about things like the main thing.
How do you keep the main thing the main thing? Tell me in the comments
Mind If I Pray For You?
Lord, you told us to not worry more than you told us we need to love. It’s so hard to worry when we keep the main thing the main thing. Help us to do that. Help us all to do what we do to become more like you and stop doing what we do to keep up appearances or to please someone that we may or may not even really like. Encourage us to practice your presence in all we do.