Today, God is first

Last week, I wrote that Peter had been fishing all night, had not caught anything, and was coming back to the shore when Jesus called out to him and told him to go back out into the deeper waters and let down his net again. In John 21:6, Jesus said to him, “… throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find fish.”

Well, we know the story. Peter did as the Lord told him and he caught so many fish, his net almost broke because of the weight of his catch.

The story is told of a large food store in the upper Midwest that could not understand why their food sales plummeted at a certain time every winter. They studied their product line, interviewed their customers, ran report after report to see why the change. They did everything possible to uncover the mystery. Finally, someone made the remarkable discovery that changed everything. It seemed that when it was really cold outside, the store manager raised the temperature in the store. When the customers came into the store, it was too warm for them, so they removed their coats and placed them in their shopping carts. This meant less room for their groceries which resulted in reduced sales overall. They lowered the temperature in the store, and as a result, the sales climbed back to the levels they were accustomed to. Their adjustment resulted in restoring sales levels.

Jesus stood on the shoreline and watched Peter and a few of His disciples fish. He asked them if they had caught anything and they responded, “No.” His one simple suggestion, that they toss their net from the other side of the boat, made all of the difference in the world. They began catching so many fish, they could not bring them in.

What do the letters, “T.G.I.F.” mean to you? If you are like most people, they mean, “Thank God (or thank goodness) It’s Friday!” But have you ever thought that just a very slight adjustment to those letters could mean, “Today God Is First?” What if, before you even get out of bed, you say those four words to yourself or even out loud? “Today, God Is First!” And then you went about your day like He was. See, so many times, our response to the alarm clock going off is “Good Lord, its morning?” Instead, maybe we should say, “Good morning, Lord.” Would that be a more positive way to start our day? I think it would.

There are numerous things going on in our world that are not good and very negative. The news on TV is mostly negative. The news in the newspaper is mostly negative. The posts on Facebook are negative many times. So why not give yourself something positive from the start of each day and get into the habit of saying, “Good morning, Lord. Today God is First!” I encourage you to give it a try and see how your day goes. I am willing to bet, that just one simple adjustment, early in the morning as you start your day, will help you to have a better day. Especially if, you decide, “Today God Is First!”

And that is Something to Think About for this week.

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Pastor Thad Gifford

Contributing Columnist

Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at, or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.