Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
As far as I know most people put their socks on first and then they put on their shoes, that is pretty normal. But what if you reversed the order, what if you put your shoes on first and then tried to put your socks on? The result would be a mess, which is why people put on their socks before their shoes. This is just a simple example of something we see all around us in our natural life and it is also something that applies to our spiritual life. There are some things that need to be put before some other things or there will be problems. An easy way to understand this is with what we call priorities.
Everyone has priorities, choices about some things they do first before they do other things. Sometimes our priorities are dictated by natural circumstances, like the shoes and socks, and sometimes our priorities are just our choice. We all make decisions about what things are important to us and we make those things priorities. But if we put the wrong things first, negative consequences can result. For Christians we must keep our relationship with God, His plan for our life, and spending time with Him through His Word and prayer a priority.
We are all busy and have a lot to do; this makes priorities vital for our success. We might feel pressured from things we need to do and allow that to create a priority in our life. People can make demands on us and we might allow that to create a priority for us. But if we don't keep first things first, if we don't keep God's plan and our relationship with Him first, then it will show up in the rest of our life. Personally I have found over and over again that if I put God first, then everything else works out well. Let's all make the decision to keep first things first and keep our relationship with God, His plan for our life, and spending time with Him through His Word and prayer our top priority.