There are these three churches that I drive by every day on the way to the gym that are of various Christian denominations (not LDS). In front of each are those billboard signs, you know, with the name of the church at the top, and then changeable messages on the bottom.
I always enjoy reading what they have to say, and while sometimes they’re just plain corny, there are other times, like today, when they really hit home.
Today, one sign read:
“Give unto God what is right, not what is left.”
Every day we’re bombarded with so many demands, so many expectations, so many projects, so many desires. It’s a non-stop stream of “things to do”, each demanding a portion of our day. The natural result? At the end of the day, we’ve only given back to the Lord what was left of our time, if any.
But this message encourages us place the Lord first, to prioritize into our lives those things that matter most, including those spiritual refueling elements like scripture study, private prayer, family prayer, and more overt acts, like service, missionary work, fulfilling our callings, etc.
I firmly believe that as we prioritize those things in our lives, all of the other things, become that much easier. It feels less and less like a scramble, and more and more like a flow. Our prioritization of spiritual things illustrates the magnitude of our faith, and as we show the Lord our commitment, he, in turn, magnifies our efforts across the broad spectrum of our other activities.
Try, for a week, putting those things at the TOP of your list, and see if you can tell a difference.