As I watch my grandchildren, I remember the age old controversy of who goes first.  These little fellows tend to argue ceaselessly over "Who goes first!"

The little one is still not talking much, but he manages to point, grunt, and generally pitch a fit to be sure we know he wants to go too.  

They fight over going first EXCEPT when it is sitting in the dentist chair, getting immunization shots, eating a strange new food, picking up their toys, and other generally non-desirable activities.  THEN they are more than happy to allow the other brother an opportunity to go first.

We adults like to go first also.  We want to be led to the only open table in the restaurant while a long line waits behind us, we want prime seating-up front for any important event, we want the first piece of cake, and the first bowl of home-made ice-cream.  We want our children to be first academically, in sports, in the arts, in general in any activity they participate.  Our thirst for first can be unquenchable and lead to a slippery slope headed to disappointment.

Someone has to lead the pack when we are hiking.  I have had no trouble being the turtle except for this day  ---and that lead to BIG trouble.  As we hike those trails, I always remember someone "Went First", and blazed that trail for us.  Someone then came along and built the very trail we are walking on--NOT an easy task.  Someone had to go first--in order for us to go later and enjoy the glory of His creation.

Trail we hiked this past summer.

King Solomon tells us there is nothing new under the sun---perhaps not--but there are opportunities to "Go First" spiritually.  The nudging of the Holy Spirit when we see a calamity, an injustice, the poor, the hungry, the destitute--physically and spiritually is not a call to say "Bless Their Hearts"--it is a call to "Go First" and do something about it.  Perhaps something as simple as taking a meal or mowing a yard---God desires to bless us---but first we must "Go First".

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
Hebrews 6:10


  1. Lulu ... this I love, right here ... 'point, grunt, and generally pitch a fit.'

    Sounds like me too much of the time!

    Don't you love how we keep on learning life's best lessons from these little ones? God is so good to have given us such fine teachers!

    I hope your weekend is restful and rejuvenating, my friend!

    1. Linda, down here in the south when an adult woman does this we call it a "Hissy Fit" ! I can pitch a full fledged one of those!

      Happy Weekend To You, Friend!


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