Have you ever put on a shirt, blouse or sweater and accidentally buttoned the second button in the first button hole? It doesn’t take long to realize that something is wrong. Your clothes are twisted. They just don’t feel right, and they certainly don’t look right. Once you discover the problem the remedy is simple — get the top button in the right place and all the other buttons will be where they need to be. The look and fit is so must better when we start the right way — when the top button is where it should be.
The “top button principle” applies in so many areas of life. It addresses priorities. When we get first things first, everything else falls into place more naturally and comfortably. When our priorities are out of order, we feel it. Things seem out of place, life seems a bit off balance, and we live in a sort of disheveled way.
Think about the implications of the “top button principle” in your spiritual life. When God is first in your life, everything more quickly falls into its proper place. When you order your time, ministry, work, friendships and finances with the right priorities, life is much easier. It’s also more productive and fulfilling.
Jesus taught the “top button principle:”
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. — Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
Take a look in the spiritual mirror today. Inspect the different areas of your life. Are your top buttons where they need to be? If not, take the steps to order your life by the right priorities. You’ll be glad you did!