“God—Our First Priority” is our new theme for the next month. Do you hear Maria singing in your ear, “Let’s start from the very beginning…” I thought I would start with Genesis, creation, Adam and Eve who “heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of th day (Gen 3:8)” … and they hid because even in paradise they had already forgotten that God was their first priority. Ouch.

That realization turned my mind to the first commandment, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20:3)” Adam and Eve had never been in Egypt and did not know what slavery was. They had only known perfection. Hard to imagine.

Surrounded by perfection and having all needs met, I imagine, how do Adam and Eve develop as creations of God and learn to use their free will? If I always carry my baby, how does that baby learn to walk. Choice then becomes a key element in making God our first priority. First implies a second and implies that I choose to follow God because that relationship is a priority in my life. Hmmm. What choices will we face today? It might be what to watch on TV, or what to eat, or whether to pass on a piece of gossip, or perhaps whether to believe the news about the politics of our country. Those are rather passive choices. But we also have active choices that are harder, forgiveness, taking time to call someone who is tired of sheltering, writing an email to a past friend, or even spending the time and energy to settle our racing minds to pray. Making God our first priority is indeed a choice. As you face choices today, may they reflect God as your first priority! Blessings.

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