Put God First

happy new year revised

Starting Off Fresh

As we close 2017 and enter 2018, it’s that time of year when most make New Year’s Resolutions, hoping that something about starting off fresh will motivate them to do things differently. Should we really create a “New Year’s Resolution?” Should we make more resolutions that we don’t even keep? I stopped making New Year’s resolutions a long time ago! All resolutions do is put pressure on you. And you cannot live up to them anyway. Lose this weight, stop eating that, read this “self-help” book, do this “best new you” tip, be this, better that, learn this language, whatever it is  – the resolution, it can be hard to maintain.
Sure, they are all great goals, and goals that maybe we should attain, but why only at the New Year do we make them? And halfway through the year you haven’t even completed that so-called resolution, and you haven’t felt any better about yourself – in fact sometimes we wind up feeling worse! UGH!

Putting God First

What you really need to do is turn to God and PUT GOD FIRST! Don’t look to your spouse, your family, your friends, your pastor to tell you what you need to be doing. Don’t look to some “resolution” to make you better. Look to God and put God First. He’s the one who can really help you get to where you need to be anyway. We know this because of what Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do ALL things through Him who gives me strength.” We have this promise and it includes helping us put Him first. How you might ask, by giving us a gentle nudge to pray, to read our Bible, to go to church when we don’t want to.

In the worship song First by Lauren Daigle her lyrics so eloquently share how we should be putting God first. “Before I bring my need, I will bring my heart. Before I lift my cares, I will lift my arms. I wanna know you, I wanna find You. In every season, in every moment. Before I bring my need, I will bring my heart and seek you…First. I wanna seek you, I wanna seek you, First.” As Christians, we should be putting God first anyway… Right? It should be something we should be doing daily. We should follow the example of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, as he went to pray early in the morning. We should be waking up in the morning, spending our first part of our day with Jesus. We should be praying…first. He should be…FIRST. When our focus is on the right thing, everything else with us, our spouse, children, friends, job… EVERYTHING, it all falls into place.

No Resolution we make will be completed if we do not have Jesus…FIRST! The key to any success in our lives is, you guessed it, Jesus, FIRST. So, this year, when the people around you are making New Year’s Resolutions, why not make your “Resolution” to put Jesus…FIRST.

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