Monday, April 23, 2012

FIRST AND FOREMOST

"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts."
~Eleanor Roosevelt

As I opened my eyes to greet the new day, my mind was bombarded with a to-do list ~ things I had intended to accomplish the day before. Left-over chores would have to come first ~ cleaning the living room and kitchen, running to the market, and so on.

Before making my first cup of coffee, I delved into it, sweeping the floor as I wrestled with three hungry pets. I turned the dishwasher on, then paused, looking out the kitchen window. A beautiful day was unfolding outside, and I was missing it.

I thought about our son. He was due to arrive for a visit in a couple of hours. I wanted the house to be clean and inviting for him. But then it hit me ~ would he even notice the thin layer of dust on the furniture, or the less than sparkling kitchen countertops? No, he'd be more apt to notice a harried mood and a tired spirit brought on by a list of chores. I realized that my most important preparation for his arrival had nothing whatsoever to do wth cleaning my home.

I grabbed by devotionals and a cup of coffee and headed out the door. Soaking in the morning sun along with words written to edify and encourage were now first and foremost on my list.

How much better to have peace and calm and contentment than a house that passes the white glove test. I think I finally get it.  

"Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
~Matthew 6:33

"Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ - that's where the action is. See things from His perspective."
~Colossians 3:2, The Message

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