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Keeping The Main Thing The Main Thing

I’m a list junkie. Dig through my purse, laptop, desk (even the fridge door), and you’ll find about a dozen lists; some typed, some neatly written in my planner, others scribbled on random pieces of paper.

During the past few months, I’ve compiled a long list of personal goals, mostly new habits I wanted to establish in various areas: business, family, personal health, and spiritual growth.

Although I’ve made some progress in developing those new habits, I lacked consistency (plus, the number of action items on my lists was hardly manageable). Then one day, the clouds parted. It was one of those Holy Ghost revelations that hit you right between the eyes.

“Forget your list,” I sensed the Lord say. “I want you to focus on one—only one—goal for now.” He then reminded me of Matthew 6:33: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (NKJV). So I put my “new habits” list aside for the moment and kept only one: to start each day by spending time with Him, no excuses.

You see, in an effort to get to all of the items on my list, my daily time with God had been rushed. I would often sandwich it between appointments, unable to focus as I should, or I’d multi-task, splitting my attention between God and some other activity, like housecleaning or watching a babbling preschooler. This time, I’d give Him my undivided attention for a good chunk of time, before I even got dressed for work. In other words, I would “tithe” my time by giving Him the first part of my day.

If you’re in the habit of doing that, you know that the more you feed yourself with His Word and presence, the hungrier you get, and the easier it becomes to make time for Him. It doesn’t take long to see Him shift your situation, business, outlook, desires, abilities, and…oh, yeah—habits.
Since renewing my commitment to seek Him first and quit worrying so much about the rest, He’s made it His business to take care of that long list of goals. By keeping my eyes on Him, items on my wish list are checked off with less effort.

I hope today’s post helps you add new balance, purpose and muscle to your business life. It’s all about Whom you seek first.


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