Have you ever thought about how you wake up in the morning? Maybe the alarm comes from your cell phone which is strategically placed next to your bedside table. As you lift your phone to turn off the “chimes’ or “by the seaside” or “chirping birds” (whatever the sound you chose for the day), do you immediately start to scroll? What has happened on Facebook? Instagram? Twitter?
Maybe you check your bank account. What transactions have cleared? What is your balance? Email may be your target…you need answers from last night’s blast of messages you sent just before bed. You may look at your calendar – what does your schedule look like today?
Some of you may jump right up, get the coffee going, and hit the treadmill, while others take a moment to stretch, yawn, and roll back over for a 5 minute snooze.
There are so many ways to wake up; so many things to see and do; and it appears, sooooo many choices.
The reality is, we have two choices: all the aforementioned and a litany of others…or…God.
Our schedules, our to-do-lists, ourselves become our priority. It is easy to do. And somewhere, God gets pushed further and further down the list until He is nondescript and insignificant in our daily routines. He becomes our “Sometime Sunday“.
Paul wrote in Romans 8:5, “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires, but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.”
How might our day look if we chose God first? Set our minds and hearts on Him first, instead of all the other distractions which are before us?
Make it a practice to start your morning by thanking God. You have been given a new day! A new start! A fresh look! Acknowledge to Him that He is in control of your day, your week, your month, your year, your life. Spend time with Him in His Word to allow Him to speak in and through you, to give you the answers you need for the day. Your day – my day – belongs to Him. It makes sense to start it with Him.