BOOK THREE – Angel’s Story
THE FIRST PRINCIPLE: Prayerwork
from The One Minute Minister: Restoring Spirituality to Time Management
Frank opened his organizer and took out a single page. “Read this out loud,” he asked. The minister read:
1) We admitted we were powerless over ____________ that our lives had become unmanageable.
2) Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3) Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.
“These are from the twelve steps,” the minister said. “Angel showed them to me.”
“Now turn it over and read the first paragraph on the other side,” Frank requested.
Matthew 22:35-40 – Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,  Master, which is the great commandment in the law?  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
“Our purpose here in this life,” Angel said, “is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. To love God with our emotions, our identity, our intellect and our physical bodies. To love God first, with a priority. Exodus 20:3, Thou shalt have no other gods before me. God must come first, or everything else is out of order.”
“Loving ourselves and loving our neighbor comes later. And you will notice,” Bill said with a wink to Frank, “that we are no where commanded to love our paperwork.”
“So when things are not going right,” the One Minute Minister said, “the first place we look is the first commandment. There are many little things, like a flat tire, that can be fixed without reference to God. All the big things, however, go astray because divine principles are ignored.”
“Then the yielding to God represented by the first three steps is a way to return to the priority of the first commandment,” said the troubled minister.
“Exactly. It is essence of repentance.”
How are you doing at loving God intellectually with all your mind?
How are you doing at loving God emotionally with all your heart?
How are you doing at loving God spiritually with all your soul? How central is loving God in a relationship with you to how you practice your faith?
How are you doing at loving God with all your strength? Would God approve of what you do with your body? What you do with your hands? Where you go with your feet? What you say with your tongue?