First, it’s been a long time since I participated in Five-Minute Friday. I didn’t have much to say. Too busy wallowing in my circumstances.

I spent the two week Christmas vacation I am privileged to have since I am a teacher, to review and reflect on where I was and where I wanted to be.

The first thing I realized was the chasm between the two. The reason?

Putting circumstances and self first. Not where they belong.

Jesus belongs first.

First in my heart. First in my mind. If He’s first, the circumstances remain, but suddenly they look different.

Because when Jesus is first, so is hope. Joy. Peace.

Putting Jesus first means:

  • More time in prayer and less time complaining.
  • More time giving thanks in all circumstances instead of seeing difficulty.
  • More drinking from living water instead of stagnant pools of selfishness.
  • More contentment rather than irritation and annoyance.

The very first month of 2016 can set the tone for the rest of the year. When the going gets tough, I can look back at my journal and remember the truth of who I want to put first in my life. Putting Jesus first puts everything else back in perspective. Put Jesus First

First in everything.

Jesus.

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