After a long Christmas and New Year’s break, the Five Minute Friday tribe partied last night. Everything went well – my tweetchat cooperated, the group was fantastic, albeit several of my faves were missing – overall it was super! Until Kate Motaung, our faithful host, gave the one-word prompt for our five minute free write. Seemed like a weird word, but since it was our first party in 2016, I suppose it was appropriate and knowing our fearless leader, Kate, rarely misses, amidst some groans and, “I’ll need to ponder this one,” the party disbanded. I went straight to bed – I don’t write after 3 o’clock in the afternoon – I almost can’t read past that time either!
But now it’s early Friday morning and I woke up thinking about “first.” And, immediately my brain wrote a Five Minute Friday Haiku poem! I’m going to set the timer and see where this goes:
The last shall be first.
I am the First and the Last.
These are words in red.
To find writing material on just about any word or topic one doesn’t need to look much farther than The Good Book. God, in His divinity, made sure we had a solid reference book for all of life’s questions – and this morning, He even provided the necessary words for this difficult word prompt, FIRST.
What does it mean, the last shall be FIRST? Does it mean the last one in the race will take first place? Does it mean if we allow ourselves to be doormats, we’ll always come up winners? I think not. Jesus spoke of humility – God is very hung up on humility – He desires a humble heart. A humble attitude to serve others. Think of it this way. There’s a long buffet line at an enormous gourmet feast. One’s first thought would be to get at the head of the line to be sure to get all the good stuff – but Jesus says, Go to the back of the line and let your fellow diners go first and if you do that? I’ll make sure there is enough of the finest delicacies saved special for YOU.
The last shall be first. (Matthew 20.16)
The First and The Last said so. (Revelation 22.13)
These are words in red!