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The Idea of First Things First
January 15, 2006
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Stephen R. Covey in his best selling book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, places the idea of “first things first” as the third habits of time management. Putting first things first basically means a principle of personal management by which one orders his/her schedule and/or to-do list in accordance to the importance of things. The principle can vary person to person. Some may think that their careers are the most important things for them, but other may find that their families are the most important. Whatever the principle is, a highly effective person will arrange his/her schedule based on his/her principle in accordance to the importance. I think the idea is a good and simple way that only requires self-determination and the awareness to keep this habit, putting first things first, in the daily life. Then, you can be a highly effective person as well. :)
Message For Christians:
In the kingdom of God, there is also a priority, which sadly is seldom mentioned or taught in the Church. This is evident in the way how/what most Christians pray. Their prayers are similar to shopping. God, I need food to feed my family; I need a place to shelter my children; I need money to pay bills; I need this; I need that; … etc. However, the Bible (Matt 6:24-34) tells us not to be anxious for our life as to what we shall eat, or what we shall drinks, or what we shall clothe ourselves, for our heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But instead "seek first His kingdom and His righteousness" [His way of doing and being right], and then all these things shall be added to you. As long as you are a citizen in His kingdom, your welfare and well-being are His business and so His responsibility, and He will certainly care for you. "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble for its own." First things first for all you Christians — God’s kingdom and His righteousness.