Why We Shouldn't Put God First

Why We Shouldn't Put God First

God does not occupy a place in line

I grew up in a Christian family, went to Church almost every Sunday, and everything else you might expect to go along with that. I don’t know when I learned it, or who taught it to me, but at some point I internalized the idea that God should be first in my life. That wasn’t all.

God first. Family second. Friends third.

It became the general rule for what was important in my life. God comes first. Your family comes second. Then everyone else. I never really questioned it, because it made sense that God should be first. I mean, we’re talking about God. But recently I spent a week as a counselor at a church camp. My co-counselor said something interesting. I haven’t been able to get it out of my head.

God shouldn’t be first.

At first my brain was like no, that can’t be right. The more I thought about it, the more sense it made. Of course God shouldn’t be first.

God should be it. First, second, last, everything. All God.

So then what about your family and friends? If they don’t get a place in line, then what? Of course you care about them, and they’re important in your life. They don’t need to be second, because if you’re following God, then you’re already doing what you should be. You’re loving them, respecting them, treating them exactly like they should be treated. The same is true with your friends, your coworkers, and anything else in your life.

Following God brings everything else together, because following God isn’t just about praying or reading your Bible. It has everything to do with how you treat others. And that’s why God doesn’t need to beat out anyone else in line, because if we’re doing what we’re supposed to as Christians, there doesn’t need to be a line at all.

So stop putting God first. Because if you put God at the head of the line, it can be difficult to choose between first and second. Placing God on the same level as people in our lives or other commitments makes it seem like they’re similar in terms of importance. I mean, what’s the difference between first and second, or second and third? How can I pick just one?

Numbering the important things forces us to choose between them, but really, if it’s all about God we don’t have to choose.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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How Incorporating Organization In My Daily Routine Single-Handedly Changed My Life

And how it can structure yours.


It would be a complete fabrication of the truth if I pretended that my life in any way has been picture perfect. Things are messy, life is messy, and my life becomes an endless cycle of self provoked destruction.

I've had short bursts of motivation as a last expedient to seize control of the downward spiral I have endured. But mostly they have diminished along with any motivation I have left.

None of these short term solutions have yet to salvage my mental, physical, and academic state. SO, as an attempt to overhaul my life, I decided the best way to strive for control, is to organize every aspect of my life.

Yes, this could become unhealthy if I used this tactic as a way to tear myself down or over analyze my accomplishments, or lack thereof. But I try to view my life as something I have a say in while considering that not everything will be perfect or completely satisfy my goals for myself.

To successfully enact this measure, I try to never go into a day unaware of what I must accomplish, what tasks/work I have to attend to, and stocked with a full calendar and set of alarms that prevent me from missing deadlines. Although mildly time-consuming to detail my life in advance, it is greatly beneficially outweighed through the amount of time this tactic saves me.

Recently, I have noticed how much happier I have been, and feel as if my life is back on track and it's future in my hands. This has allowed me to work an upwards of 50 something hours a week, see and manage friends, read and keep up with hobbies, as well as give me peace of mind and time to relax with loved ones.

I am grateful for the role that organization has played in my life and suggest that everyone incorporate some type of underlying structure in their lives, to realize that anything is achievable with proper organizational preparation.

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