I love to joke that Starbucks coffee is my bae. I also love to joke that the following things/people are my bae: muffins, Aliza Latta’s artwork, my sister Anna’s buffalo wings, Kaitlyn Bouchillon, fishtail braids, Deidra Riggs, and willow trees. Just to name a few.
So, by now, some of you may be scratching your heads. “What in the world is a bae?” you may ask.
Well, I’ll tell you. Bae is not actually a word. But it a pretty popular term among kids my age. I think it can be compared to LOL (Laughing Out Loud) and BRB (Be Right Back). It’s like an acronym. Bae stands for:
When I joke that coffee, and fishtail braids, and willow trees are my bae, I don’t literally mean they are Before Anything Else. I just mean that I like them a lot. (I think I may have a condition called “Bae Overuse.” I use the word WAY too much, and I don’t really even use it correctly.)
Now, keep this little lesson in mind. We’ll get back to it later.
It was a beautiful, sunny Sunday evening. The Lee family and some friends were headed out to Sioux Falls, to attend a church service at a church called Embrace.
Now, our family regularly attends a local country church, and we have an amazing church family there, but occasionally, we like to visit Embrace for an evening service. I love Embrace. The music is great. The sermons are amazing. There is coffee. AND free wifi.
Anyway. We shuffled into one of the front rows as the church’s band began playing. The singer stepped forward, and sang:
Above all else, I adore Your name.
Above all else, tune my heart to sing Your praises.
These words really touched my heart.
The verse starts with: Above all else. Hmm. Does that sound familiar? (Hint: The bae lesson.) Yeah. So, God should be above all else in our lives. He should be above money, fame, work, and any other idols.
Make God your bae. Make God Before Anything Else in your life.
In Matthew 6:33, the Bible says to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all of our needs will also be provided for.
We are commanded to put God first in our lives, and when we do that, God will provide for us.
There are a lot of things we as humans love – family, money, work. But I hope that now, and as we continue about our lives, we can continue to put God Before Anything Else in our lives.