I love this time of year! There are special things about every season, every holiday. But New Year’s Day feels so wonderful! A brand new start. Somehow, all the wrongs of the past year seem to magically erase as grace gives us a blank slate to write the new year on.
If you know me, you know I love lists, and I love paper! My New Year’s Resolution lists are usually long and detailed. Every area of my life needs a face-lift. My devotional life, my weight, my home schooling efforts, my music, my wife-life, finances, my cooking, my reading, church projects and classes, new things I want to do with my children, etc. I usually drown in these lists, but every year I manage to single out one or two that matter most to me, and figure out ways to make them work.
So often in my life, I evaluate, reevaluate, make lists, and try to better myself. I get caught up in to-do lists, and this program, and that, another Bible reading schedule, another cleaning schedule, new ideas for my kids, another type of menu. It makes me crazy!
What does God’s Word say? A few things stand out in my mind as being “most important, top priority” on God’s list, and here they are:
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” Mark 12:30
They’re kind of the same, aren’t they? Jesus is to be first, and all other things fall into place. If we give Him top priority, we will somehow become the things that matter to Him. Being a godly mother will come more naturally if we are truly seeking Him first, and loving Him more than anyone else. Our frustrations with the messy house will lessen as we become more like Christ, realizing our relationships are more important than our images. Our stress of feeling inadequate, or not-as-good as other moms will vanish, as we love Christ, and His love for us holds us, and is enough to love our children through us.
This year, let’s purpose to seek Him first, and love Him with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength.
It’s top priority!