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Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Best Part of My Day

As a writer, I receive a lot of emails from other writers and coaches about ways to succeed in the writing business. Lately, I have been following some posts on how we can makeover our mornings to be more productive.

In her posts, the coach advises that writers make a “game plan” of what they want their morning to look like. That way, she suggests, we will be able to set the tone for a productive day. I agree with everything she says. Whenever I oversleep, my morning routine – prayer, Bible reading and morning walk - gets messed up and I feel lost.  I hate when that happens.

The Bible tells us that Jesus had a morning routine too. He knew the benefit of rising early to commune with His Father and get His leading for the day. "Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed" (Mark 1 : 35). Seems like even his followers knew He rose early because Luke tells us, “and all the people came early in the morning to hear him at the temple” (Luke 21: 38).

Even the psalmists spoke of rising early. "Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early" (Psalm 57: 8).

:O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;" (Psalm 63: 1)

What is so special about the early hours of the day? In the early morning when there is little or no activity going on around you, your mind is fresh and uncluttered and you can focus better. However, it goes deeper than that. God commanded the people of Israel to honor Him with the firstfruits - the first - of their substance, i.e.. anything they had – produce, livestock, everything.  The firstfruits were “holy unto the LORD,” (Ezekiel 48: 14) and were to “cause the blessing to rest in thine house” (44: 30).  Later, in the New Testament, the apostles Paul and James referred to the early Christians as the firstfruits of Christ, and Christ Himself is referred to as the firstfruits of the dead.

We honor God with the firstfruits of our increase in the form of tithes and offering. In the same way, we can honor Him with the firstfruits of our day. The very first thing we ought to do before we do anything else is to commune with our Heavenly Father. When we do that, we “set the tone “ for our day. We come away feeling refreshed, energized and ready to face the challenges of the day. Try it.


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