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Putting Important Things First

“And in the early morning, while it was still dark, He arose and went out and departed to a lonely place, and was praying there.” Mark 1:35

Jesus understood the necessity of putting the most important things first. In the preceding verses, Jesus spent his time healing the multitudes and casting out demons. He was a busy man. Yet, he still got up early to pray. He had to, or else the activities of the day would have totally consumed his time. Jesus knew what all great leaders and successful people know: if you have something important to do, do it first. Do it before the interruptions and the multiple demands on time.

Two of the most important disciplines of Christianity are daily prayer and time spent studying the Scripture. Often Christians struggle to incorporate these daily habits into their lives because of busyness. Try putting these disciplines first. You may have difficulty getting up thirty minutes earlier in the beginning but you will
see an increase in your daily capacity to get things done. Your joy will increase. Your spiritual life will become much richer. Instead of just being busy, perhaps we can learn from Jesus, who accomplished all He needed to on earth in just three and a half years.

-by Pastor Shawn Martin

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