Who Is Your First?

A song of my youth went flying by the other day, emanating from the radio…

Have you ever heard a smidgen of a song and immediately you are translated back 2014-07-01 07.24.40in time to the point when the song was perhaps popular. There was a group with a weird name, “Three Dog Night” – and I am sure there are stories where this name comes from – but they sang a litany of tunes that we found popular…

Shambala, The Show Must Go On, Pieces of April, One Man Band, Old Fashioned Love Song, Never Been to Spain, Joy to the World (Jeremiah was a bullfrog…)

And of course, the one I just heard – “One”

One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do
Two can be as bad as one
It’s the loneliest number since the number one

The song was written by Harry Nilsson and released on his third album in 1968, with Three Dog Night taking it to a Gold Album in 1969. One source:

“Nilsson wrote the song after calling someone and getting a busy signal. He stayed on the line listening to the “beep, beep, beep, beep…” tone, writing the song. The busy signal became the opening notes of the song.”

Today is July 1… The first day of the second half of the year. The chance, as I stated yesterday, to revamp your life and get it back onto whatever track it jumped off of..

Today is July 1… made me think of important one’s in my life. We all have a list, and something is at the top of the list with a succession of Number 1’s following it. At the top of my list must be God. In the next column, and at the top of the list is my wife. Can you see the pattern? In the next column, and at the top of this list – my kids! Can you follow it? In the next column, and at the top of this list are my parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, ad nausem ….

Within these columns are the people I serve at First Church of Lacey, my good friends and acquaintances from over the years and miles of life, and again, ad nausem…

Way down the many columns you will find pets, cars, states, authors, singers, songwriters, and again, ad nausem…

The problem often arises, “Who’s on First“? This is a struggle since we live on so many levels of life. Some make choices that others look at and puzzle, “What?” Others miss the obvious priorities in life and chase after rainbows. Still, others attempt to juggle several priorities and as is often the case, they all fall down. (Sounds like a nursery rhyme.)

Jesus was talking to his Jewish audience and comparing their culture to the Gentiles.

Mat 6:31-34 KJV Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (32) (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. (33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (34) Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

His wisdom and teaching says to seek the kingdom of God, his righteousness… first… and everything else will be added. Or, you can have all these things, just put God first. In other words, seek Him first, and live as He would have you to live (righteousness) – put these things First. Everything else will slip into it proper place.

There are many who reverse the order.

God is dead last, and stays that way until tragedy strikes. I have found these folks at a graveside, or at the bedside of a terminally ill person, or even  in a hospital staring at me as I come to visit them. I have even found them in a courtroom facing the music of their choices in life.

In a different vein, a local gardener says to fight the weeds in the early spring, or they will over take you by the time summer rolls around… I can attest to that philosophy… If only I had put the “weeds” at the top of my yard to do list!

As an example to others we need to think about the “what” our priorities are saying to others. Bishop Franklin Jones was often heard saying, “Keep the main thing the main thing.” What is your main thing?

So. Who is your first? What is your first? Where do your priorities lie? Are they being addressed in proper order? Is the main thing the main thing?

I wish for you, this first day of the rest of your life… Establish and Maintain your priorities! Know who you serve First and make sure you have the correct order! Everything will come in due season…