First Things First

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How will you give thorough consideration to your spouse today? Ask the Lord to help you think of others in need.

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works. Hebrews 10:24

A few years ago, I (Teresa) was going through what I thought was significant growth in my spiritual journey. My quiet times with the Lord were a daily blessing, and my Scripture memorization was renewing my mind. I was feeling particularly "spiritual," so I took it upon myself to try to exhort David.

At first, I noticed that David's quiet time seemed different from mine. He would read pas­sages of Scripture and then often go for a walk outside or sit in his lounge chair and meditate on what he had read. He even had a different way of memorizing. He would simply read the verses over and over again, then meditate on them.

Seeing those differences between his quiet time and mine, I was certain that David needed my exhortation in order to increase his spiritual intimacy with the Lord. What was my exhortation? I told him he needed to write something down! You see, my style of per­sonal devotion included filling in devotional guides, writing in a journal, and writing out my memory verses on handy index cards. I mistakenly concluded that if David wanted to have a really good quiet time, then he needed to do it the same way I did.

As I tried to convince David of the truth in my exhortation, the Holy Spirit prompted me with today's Scripture verse. The first few words jumped off the page: "Let us consider one another." The Spirit reminded me that before I could exhort David, or "stir him up," I need to first "consider him." That means asking questions about him. What are his preferences? How does he learn and relate? I realized that I am ready to truly exhort David only after I have considered him and who he is apart from me.

How will you give thorough consideration to your spouse today?

God, remind me to give thorough consideration to the needs of others.

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