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by Brent Nidiffer and Jamie Shell


    John Wanamaker was an amazing man. Many people in Philadelphia know him today for the store that bears his name: Wanamakers. But John Wanamaker was also a Postmaster General for many years, and he founded a Sunday school that ultimately had four thousand ‘scholars’ attending it.

    Someone once asked him, “How do you find the time to run your Sunday school in addition to your business and other obligations?”

    Wanamaker replied without hesitation, “Why, the Sunday school is my business! All the other things are just things. Forty-five years ago I decided that God’s promise was sure: ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.’” (Matt. 6:33)

“All the other things are just things.”
    One of the ways that we as Christians can check our priorities is by asking a simple question: What things do you not need to put on your calendar or daily planner because they are second nature in your life, so much so that you would never forget doing them? These ingrained commitments are more than habits, they are our priorities, the true “business” of our life!

    Is regular church attendance a priority for you?

    What about time spent in prayer, reading Scripture, and reflecting on God’s Word?

    What about participation in a ministry outreach, a Bible study, or prayer group fellowship?

    Ask yourself today, “What really is my business?”

      Copyright (c) 2001, Timely Truths Ministries. Used by permission.
      Title: ""
      Author: Brent Nidiffer and Jamie Shell
      Publication Date: June 29, 2001


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