before anything else"
is what devout people have been saying for long.
if you go to church first thing
in the morning
before doing anything:
before eating and drinking something,
before having breakfast,
before going to work,
before doing about your business
or before doing your daily chores, etc.
is literally putting God first.
And if you're Catholic
and you attend the first mass
before going through your daily routine,
and the first thing that goes into your stomach
is the Holy Eucharist during Communion,
you're doing something extraordinary
only very few people do!
Think of the blessings you'll receive
in the coming days.
And the blessings will come,
not pertaining to money and riches
and worldly wealth,
but those that material things
can never match or equal.
And they are Wisdom and Enlightenment,
Knowledge and Understanding,
Realization of your existence,
Guidance on your journey through life, etc.
These things will make you a better human,
full of the knowledge of God
and full of love and compassion
for your fellow humans.
Nothing else compares to them
even if you have all the riches
and wealth in this world.
And these very things
are the only things that matter to God.
it doesn't mean that our pursuit is concentrated
on material things alone.
Material things like money and riches
are important in our survival
but we must pay more attention to things
that please the Almighty One.
These very things are good and positive
and they give us happiness and contentment
even with having only little or limited things.
It's no use living your life
always longing and working hard for riches
because this world, along with everything in it,
is created and owned by God.
And it doesn't make sense at all
when you wake up before the sun does
only to go about your business
and work all through your day
and even stay up late at night still doing the same thing.
You maybe piling up money and riches
but God can take them all away anytime He wants
when you're not putting Him first before anything else.
Think about this:
you maybe rich now
but it's possible that tomorrow you'll wake up poor
and in debt
because there's nothing impossible with God.
He can reward anyone He wants with anything
and He can punish anyone and strip him of his riches
in an instant.
So make a change of your life and your lifestyle now.
Put God first in everything you do.
Put Him first before anything else
and He will reward you greatly with things
you never thought you could be rewarded with.
And even if you don't work as much as others do,
He will still make you richer than everyone else
all because you're putting Him first in everything you do.
Just believe that!