That will be a big focus of this retreat, but for us as well it should be something that we come back to often. For me it is always the difficulty between what I know to be most important versus what I actually show is most important by where I spend my time, effort and money. That is always a sobering moment when we realize, "I said that God was the most important thing, but it seems like right now netflix is way more important than prayer time with God...oops."
Like I said this is always a struggle for me, but I find that when I take time to re-center and remind myself that I truly believe that time with God and caring for those around me is far more important than the other to-do's in my day. When we really think about it, if God is the most important, and He gave us all the good things in our life, then we should be reminded of His love for us whenever we take the time to be thankful. God created us to be receptive to the goodness in the world, so we need to carry that back to the source of all goodness and we will arrive at God.
Now it is not too farfetched to imagine that most people who believe in God also believe that He is the most important being in their lives. If we really choose to believe that though, there must be things that follow from that statement. When we choose to love the good things in our lives more than we love God, then there is a dis-order to our love. God is the source of that good thing, and to put a creation on a higher level than the Creator is backwards thinking!
I find that it is a simple matter of slowing down and being thoughtful about our day. When I wake up in the morning, is my first action to roll over and look at my phone and immediately get absorbed in the altered reality of social media, or do I become present to the fact that I have been given a brand new day in order to find new purpose and joy given by God? It only takes a second, but it changes everything. Is grace before meals just a rapid-fire statement or is it an actual giving of thanks for the gift of a meal and all those who partook in getting that food to our table?
Many of us are not living our lives backwards, but we could benefit from putting first things first. We do not have to change our entire day and pray every hour on the hour, but when we change our vision and perspective, there can be much fruit in that.
May we be a people who see God as the true source of all that is good and true in our lives. May we seek to prioritize in a way that puts first things first, and glorifies God for all the gifts he brings to us. May we be a people who live what we believe, and proclaim our faith by the way we live it.