Putting First Things First!

Magical, breathtaking and jaw dropping things happens whenever we commit our plans to God. Recently, I review the concept and technique of ‘putting first things first’ authored by Stephen Covey and I began to ponder on the big rock illustration. I’m sure most of you reading this message have seen it: the big rocks represented the urgent important priorities whereas the smaller rocks, granulated sand, and water non-urgent priories. What do you think would happen if you applied this concept to your spiritual walk and not just your vocational endeavors?! Well, re-read the opening sentence! Above all things, your spiritual walk is by far the most urgent priority in the life of a Christ follower. Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” In this verse, the word “commit” (gol) comes from the Hebrew root galal, which could be rendered as “roll away” or “heap” (gal means a heap or pile of stones). Are you catching on? Great, now let’s paraphrase Proverbs 16:3; “Give all your big rocks, small rocks, granulated sand, and water to the Lord and He will establish your plans.” Talk about supernatural prioritization, rest, and fulfillment!! When you trust in God’s love, when you “roll away” the burden of your life to His care, your thoughts will be “established” and you can truly enjoy the confidence that God Himself is directing your way (Psalm 37:23; Psalm 90:17; Proverbs 16:9). When you commit your ways and your work to the Lord, He will bless your efforts according to His perfect will in ways beyond our understanding (magical, breathtaking and jaw dropping)! You should serve the Lord faithfully and then leave the consequences to Him. Inevitably, you will still face times of difficulty, but you can trust that God is working for His ultimate good—and yours—through your efforts to please Him in your daily vocation and walk with Him!

About Noel Pinnock and Lowell Pinnock

Noel Pinnock is a published author and recognized expert with over 25 years of experience in transforming under performing companies into positions of prosperity and optimum value. He specializes in strategic, operational, and tactical services. As a nationally certified public manager, he has been responsible for overseeing many large-scale organizational transformations. We are #4given, saved by the blood of Christ.
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