When I was a youngster, something like 60 years ago, I used to walk two miles visit a friend and match wits in American Classic Checkers, Chinese Checkers and sometimes, monopoly matches. Her folks had a rally nice house. But we were not allowed in the living room. Their logic had something to do with how we might get it all dirty if we played in there. So the living room was always spotless -- and vacant.

     One afternoon my friend told me: "You know, Mom and I could probably be much better friends if she wasn't always worrying so much about a clean house." I don't remember where I learned the word "priority", but I sure learned the concept that day. My friend's mother had set her priorities, and in her zeal with cleanliness, she had overlooked the comfort of the people who lived in her house.

     I have had my own home since 1956. As of March, 2007, I have helped raise 4 children who all love the Lord and saw two devoted wives go home to be with my Lord and Savior. There were a thousand and one demands on my time, to which I gladly gave my best. I discovered and set priorities, too. Priorities began with the important people in my life -- and in your life, if you are playing fair ball. That means that during our almost 35 years together, I placed my first wife at the top of the list. Then my second wife, Dottie, too, was placed at the top of my priority list. When Luella and Dottie, each agreed to spend the rest of their lives with me as my wife and lover, I gave my best shot to make them feel they were the most important person in the world to me. I am trying to say I had a wonderful life with each of my wives and our relationship to each other superceded all the "things" in our house. Some call that priority. Others call it a good stewardship of the time with which God blessed us.

     Me? I just say it's putting first things first -- with love. "I am among the peaceful and faithful . . . "                                    II Sam. 20:19.

     "Lord, may our homes, be not only our castle, but always a place of sanctuary for Your love -- and ours."   Amen and Amen. 
        Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.




Updated January 13, 2010
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