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I am the First … Besides Me there is no God.
Isaiah 44:6

First place. It’s the finish line of the American Dream. Everyone wants to win, to achieve, to be the best. Unfortunately, what works well in board games does not fly with ultimate things.

Over the Christmas holiday I engaged in a spirited battle of the classic war game, RISK. It was the perfect storm for me and turned out to be the worst nightmare of my opponents. A fortuitous deal of the cards, combined with a crazy hot streak with the dice, led to a blitzkrieg victory for ME! In a ridiculously short time I made the smooth transition from breakfast to world dictator!

Fortunately for you and me, I do know the difference between fantasy and reality. I am not the ruler of the world, and neither are you. The first place ribbon in the category of ULTIMATE REALITY rightfully belongs to only One – GOD.

In his “Introduction to Genesis” in The Message Bible, author Eugene Peterson writes:

“First God. God is the subject of life. God is foundational for living. If we don’t have a sense of the primacy of God, we’ll never get it right, get life right, get our lives right. Not God at the margins; not God as an option; not God on the weekends. God at center and circumference; God first and last; God, God, God.”

As we ramp up to another New Year, it’s prudent to pause for a moment of reflection on the answer to the most important question of the universe:

Who takes the first place in all of the passions and priorities of your life?

The answer to this simple question can make all the difference in the world.

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