Thursday, February 01, 2007

When priorities are right...

The God said to Solomon: "Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life -- but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king -- wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like." -- 2 Chronicles 1:11-12

Every leader mush establish a list of priorities, then learn to put first things first. When Solomon became king of Israel, he was given the opportunity to ask God for anything. No doubt, King Solomon faced the same options we have today:

1. Easy things first - He could've chosen to focus on the easy tasks ahead of him.

2. Fun things first - He could've chosen to focus on riches or fame.

3. Urgent things first - He could've asked for help in building the temple.

4. Hard things first - He could've sought favor with those who didn't like him.

5. First things first - Instead, he chose to seek wisdom so he could glorify God.

-- from John Maxwell's Leadership Promises for every day

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Lord, may we always put You first in our lives. May we always remember that what we have and where we are today are all because of You. And no matter what our circumstances may be, may we always choose to do what is glorifying to You. In Jesus' Name, AMEN.

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