Most people have heard or read the Ten Commandments. If not they are easy to access, follow this link or look up Exodus 20. The Ten Commandments are the laws that God gave to Moses in order to have his people have a structure to follow. Just because the Ten Commandments are not current and are old testament, they should still be followed today.
The first of the Ten Commandments is "You should have no other gods before me" (NIV). God made this the first of ten for a reason. It is critical. Out of everything that we do in this world, the one thing that each of us should remember is to worship God, period. If you get into a fight with your spouse, talk to God. If you get into a car accident, don't forget to talk to God. If you have good times or bad times, the first person that you should turn to is God.
Nothing should come before God. Nothing should come first, nothing! Many people are living in the times of this economy, worrying. They are stressed out about bills, money, work, their kids' safety, everything but what they are supposed to be worrying about. Money does not come before God. Kids should not come before God. Once you begin to prioritize your life around everything but God, you begin to worship other things. You broke the first commandment that quick. For instance, if the kids have a basketball game and you have dinner to cook and the husband is tired and, and, and, and. How would you feel if God put everything in his life first? He may have a game of golf that he wants to tend to. Suddenty he just feels like taking a day off. Suddenly God doesn't care about your stress. People would go crazy. Many problematic things would happen if God decided to up and quit. However, that is what people do when they put their lives before God. They are essentially worshipping their time, kids, money, whatever.
No matter what happens in your life, no matter what is going on, make sure that God is the first priority. Don't worship anything but God. You will see a major improvement in your life when you practice that. You may even start to actually notice when God is paying attention to you. Your life will be better!