First Things Always First
I love early mornings just before sunrise. The birds are singing their hearts out as if praising God for a new day! As light breaks and begins to fill and to change the world around us a new day begins. We have choices each day as to what we will do. Many of us have obligations that require us to prepare for and to accomplish – there’s always work to be done. But, what should we do first.
That we wake up from our nightly rest is a blessing. We are gifted with a whole new day. Our first thoughts should be of thanksgiving. Taking deep breaths and realizing with joy the wonder of it all – God created this amazing world and all that is in it. God created us – and for a purpose. He desired a relationship with us. He gave us this day.
Give Time to Reading
Let God not only bless you with a new day, but let Him teach you and tell you what he wants you to know and to understand. Read His word. The Bible is full of God’s plans for all of us, from the beginning of time until the last days and last word spoken. He lays out for us how we should live vertically and horizontally. What I mean by that – how we should relate to Him (vertically) and to others (horizontally). All throughout the word of God is the greatest story of love that Jesus Christ would be the Savior of the world. That He would reconcile to God those who choose Him. There’s words of encouragement, admonition and of learning.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: II Timothy 3:16
God in the Center of All You Do
When we go to work, we don’t leave our relationship with God behind. We take Him with us. In doing that, we act accordingly. We should work hard at the job we are given – not to please those around us, but as if we’re working for Him. We treat others kindly and with deference – again – for Him. We don’t let others provoke us to say or do something we shouldn’t – yes, for Him. We should exhibit thoughtfulness, patience and always thinking of God in every act we do or word we say. This will make a difference in our hearts and will make a difference for others.
God in our Plans
As we prepare for the next day to come and for the future – we should also have God at the center of our thoughts. In Ecclesiastes we are shown that ‘all is vanity’, that we have limitations, that to some and sometimes – God seems afar off. But, it also shows what’s important’ fear or reverence God, keep His commandments, enjoy life, and to be wise in all we do. I do not see Ecclesiastes as a negative or pessimistic book. I see it as viewing the realities of life – it’s a lot of work and it’s hard. But God…if in the middle of all we do, gives us purpose and joy. We shouldn’t strive every day jus to gain more things…we should strive to gain more of God in our life and to help others find joy and peace with God.
God in All
I find joy in the mornings, I find purpose in my days; I find happiness with those I love and those I live amongst. Not because of what I do, who I’m with or what I have…but because God is in every thing – He is in all things. Today, is a brand new day – the birds are singing, the light is breaking forth – put first things first and find deep and great joy in your day and find God in all things.
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 6:8