My day goes better if I do last things first – like read at least one verse and start dinner, meaning at the very least plan the meal and make sure I have appropriate ingredients and main portion is thawed or thawing.
That way, no matter what goes wrong during the day – and you know something will – it will at least have had the focus of the verse and end with a warm meal. It’s almost like having dessert first!
My life has purpose since I took care of last things first – eternal destination –
1John 5:11-13 And the witness is this,that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.
When things go wrong in life – and they have – the assurance of God’s covering and preparation for me keep me going when I would rather quit.
My joys are greater and my trials are survivable by doing last things first -which is where you come in. (friend and author Gayle Roper told me when I started writing the first thing I should do is gather a group of prayer warriors). She was so wise, and I am so grateful.
So warriors – The end of another year is coming and my last-thing-first is to thank those who have upheld me, supported me, surprised me, loved me, encouraged me, comforted me, gone the extra mile for me, and prayed for me this past year. If you are reading this, I mean you!
Do not underestimate the power of your kindnesses, words, prayers and gestures. I may not have always responded as you hoped, or wrote the timely thank you I meant to do, but I do appreciate you.
I cannot say it better than Ephesians 1:16
I do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers.
I’ll be doing some driving tomorrow and praying for you, that you too will have accomplished your last things first, and be blessed in your day, secure in your destination, strengthened in your trials and abounding in your joys as you have helped me to be.
And God said . . .
Let there be friends
and there was us
a friendship this special could only come from above