John Wanamaker was a man who had his priorities straight. In the late 19th
century he opened a department store in Philadelphia. Within a few years
the enterprise became one of the most successful businesses in the
country. But operating his store wasn’t Wanamaker’s only responsibility.
He was also named Postmaster General of the United States and served as
the superintendent for what was then the largest Sunday school in the
world at Bethany Presbyterian Church. When someone asked him how he could
hold all these positions at once, he explained, "Early in life I read,
‘But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these
things shall be added to you’ [Matt. 6:33]. That’s what I’ve done." In the
midst of a busy life, Mr. Wanamaker made God his number-one priority and
the results speak for themselves.
To live life successfully, we must know what’s most important. All
of our other priorities will be out of kilter until we get our first
priority straight. When we know what comes first, the rest will fall into
place. God must always come first in our lives, in our daily schedules,
our checkbooks, our estate plans, our thoughts and our actions. He is
If your life is chaotic, it may indicate your priorities are jumbled. Make
God priority one in your life and you may be surprised at how easily
everything else comes together. Only by starting your priorities right can
you hope to end them right.
Everything begins with the right priorities, and right priorities begin