Doing the "first works"

Sometimes it's a lesson that seems hard to learn. We conscientiously set priorities. We have the best of intentions. We really want to meet our proper obligations. But then, so often something else gets in the way and takes precedence. We get sidetracked. Circumstances and events seem to dictate the direction our lives are taking. And we find ourselves feeling uneasy, perhaps frustrated, dissatisfied with ourselves, disappointed with what we're accomplishing.

The ability to put first things first—and keep them there—is certainly a valuable and desirable quality in human experience. It can serve as a keystone to a productive, useful life. But it can be even more than that. It can be an essential element in working out our salvation.

On the way to the bus stop
September 5, 1983

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