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1102nd -- First Things First


It is important that we always have our priorities in check so that we 
don't waste the precious time that we have on this Earth doing things that 
really have no significance or importance where our life is concerned. We 
should be conscious to the brevity of time and do our best to use it to 
our benefit. We should invest our time in our loved ones above all else 
because the time that is spent with them will be remembered and cherished 
more than we can ever know. We should never allow ourselves to get 
sidetracked on selfish endeavors that really have no point or significance 
because once those hours, days and months are spent, they could never come 
back to us again.

If we think of an hourglass that shows the sand that symbolizes time 
passing through its vessel, we can begin to understand how once time 
passes by, it can't be regained again. We can't rewind time and do the 
things that we wish we would have done before. We must be cognizant to 
use time to our benefit so that we won't have regrets when we think back 
over our life. Instead of allowing regret and remorse to infiltrate our 
being for not doing the right things, let us be mindful of how short, 
precious and unpredictable our time really is. Let us show our loved ones 
how much they mean to us and spend our time together. All other 
distractions that have no importance or relevance should be put away and 
only those things that will have an eternal effect should be focused on 
and invested in.

Let this message be a simple reminder to reevaluate how you are spending 
your time. Are you doing things with your time that are important? Are 
you investing wisely in the lives of those who mean the most to you? If 
you were told that you only had a short time left to live, would you be 
proud of the time that you have spent or would you be regretful? Answering
these simple questions helps us to see if we are doing all that we need to 
do to make time work for us. I've never heard of anyone on their death 
bed wishing that they had spent more time at work, but I'm sure those with 
regrets wish they had spent more time with those who meant the world to 
them. Let us not have those regrets, but let us do all that we need to do 
so that we can be proud of how we used our time.

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to not waste the 
precious time that God has given to you, but use it to your benefit every 
minute, every hour and every day.


A young ensign had nearly completed his first overseas tour of duty when 
he was given the opportunity to prepare his ship to “Set Sail.” With a 
stream of crisp commands, he had the decks buzzing with sailors and soon 
the ship churned slowly out of the channel.

The ensign's efficiency was remarkable. In fact, the talk was that he had 
set a new record for getting the ship underway.

But his captain was not as pleased. A message delivered to the young 
officer read, “My personal congratulations upon completing your underway 
preparation exercise according to the book and with amazing speed. But 
next time, you might wait until your captain is aboard before setting off.”

What good is a ship without the captain? The ensign did all the right 
things, but he never did the most important thing.

It is a matter of priorities. I know that I may accomplish a great deal 
every day. I may do the right things, but am I doing the best things? To 
borrow language from author Stephen Covey, do I put first things first?

I can relate to the man who believes he spends too much of his time in 
meetings. “I have this recurring nightmare," he says. "My wife and 
children are gathered at the cemetery for my funeral. After the service, 
the funeral director approaches my weeping family and hands them a box 
containing all my earthly possessions. In the box are 35 years of my 
annual calendars and diaries. I read over their shoulders as they scan the 
appointment notes that kept me busy for so many years. It occurs to me how 
seldom anything of significance was ever accomplished at those gatherings. 
I turn to look at my tombstone. The epitaph reads, 'Daddy has gone to 
another meeting.'”

That man could be me. I need to regularly ask myself, "In my most 
significant relationships, in my work and in my free time, in all areas of 
my life, am I doing what is truly important?” Important to me? I do the 
mundane. I do the urgent and the pressing. But do I spend enough time with 
what is actually significant?

I once made this demonstration to an audience. I filled a large, clear jar 
with coffee beans almost to the top. The beans, I said, represent all of 
the activities we accomplish in a day. Then I produced two golf balls. 
“These,” I said, “represent a couple of the truly important things in our 
lives.” I asked them to think of the golf balls as time spent with a 
significant person, such as a family member, or doing something special 
for somebody else, or developing their spiritual life or just beginning 
that project they keep putting off. I placed the balls on top of the beans 
then tried to screw on the lid. I couldn't do it. There were too many 
beans in the jar.

“Does this remind you of a typical day?” I asked. “We're so busy doing the
usual we can't seem to squeeze in anything else.”

I emptied the jar and started over. "But what if we put first things 
first? What if we start each day doing something special, something we 
truly WANT to do? I placed the golf balls into the jar first. Then I poured
in the coffee beans - all of them. They fell neatly around the balls and 
filled the jar to the top. When I screwed on the lid it fit perfectly.

And that's the secret to building the kind of life you want. I've 
discovered that if I can begin every day with one or two things that are 
important to me, the other stuff still fits into place just fine.

I don't want to just do all of the RIGHT things and never get around to 
the BEST things. And I certainly don't want my life summed up in the 
sentence, “Daddy has gone to another meeting.” So I handle the golf balls 
first. And in comparison, everything else is just beans.

By Steve Goodier

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Matthew 25:37-40 Jesus declares
“Then shall the righteous answer Him, 
saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred, and fed Thee? or thirsty, and 
gave Thee drink? When saw we Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? or naked, 
and clothed Thee? Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto 
Thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, 
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye 
have done it unto Me.”

Galatians 6:1-4 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are 
spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering 
thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so 
fulfill the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, 
when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own 
work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus 
Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth 
us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are 
in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of 
God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also 
aboundeth by Christ.” 

1 John 4:10-12 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved 
us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God 
so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at 
any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is 
perfected in us.” 

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible. 

Today's Selected Poem: GOD WON'T ASK
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem38.htm

Today's Selected Testimony: RESCUED FROM DEPRESSION
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony37.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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