What comes before life?

I am back with my weekly reflections and the last greeting was “Live the mission”. Our mission is to bring the life of Christ to people – linked to my focus for the year.

Many books have been written about the theme: ‘putting first things first’. Whether the context is leadership, time-management, values or any other subject, the bottom-line always seems to be the same: How can I get the most out of life?

Perhaps this is very close to our mission as well. I think it is possible to get the most out of life, by letting life get the most out of me – however with some modifications. It is easy to think that life is synonymous with everything around us wanting our attention. If I fall into the trap of trying to respond to all expectations and matters wanting my attention, I end up being lived by others, instead of living my own life. This is not what I mean by letting life get the most out of me.

I think that it would be possible to get scientific support for stating that without life there is nothing. But doesn’t that make the question “What comes before life?” invalid?

Not at all. There is something greater than life. Jesus stated:

“I am the way, the truth and the life”John 14:6

Here are three things mentioned before life.

  1. I am = God’s name – the one who creates and gives life (1)
  2. The way = the direction back to this life in its original state (2)
  3. The truth = the core of this life and how it should be lived. (3)


If we are going to live the mission, these three things need to be in place before life starts. Only then I will get the most out of life, and the life will get the most out of me. That is an intriguing thought.

‘Manna’ for today:

For life’s sake: First things first!

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(1) God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14
(2) The first Christians were named ‘Followers of the Way’ e.g. Acts 22:4
(3) “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32.

Words by Colonel Jostein Nielsen.

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