I firmly believe that it is good to start the day with God. Some days I start with "Good morning God!" accept. In others I say "Good God it's tomorrow!" Yes, I know, that's a little old-fashioned, but I can honestly say that I feel that way every now and then.
A year ago, the woman I shared the room with at a conference for writers was just wonderful. No matter what time we went to bed, she spent at least an hour of prayer or Bible study before she began her day. Four, five or six o'clock - that did not matter to her! I got to know this woman quite well and that is still her normal routine. She's very consistent in that - no matter where she is in the world right now, no matter how busy her schedule is that day. She is a really special person whom I admire very much. I almost felt guilty when I told her not to worry about the reading light when she got up because I can sleep in the light too.
Please don't get me wrong! I firmly believe that it is good to start your day with God. Time with God in the morning gives us the strength to master the tasks of the day, helps us to find peace in the midst of worries. It lets us focus on God and not on our irritating little things that make us bigger than they actually are. It helps us to keep our minds in tune and to speak kind words to others. That is why I strive for longer periods of prayer and Bible reading in the morning. I strive for it, but I'm not always successful. Sometimes my mind is willing, but my flesh is weak. At least that's my biblical excuse (Matthew 26,41). Maybe you can identify with her too.
Nevertheless, not everything is lost. There is no reason to think that our day is doomed because of it. We can still be steadfast and acknowledge God at least every morning when we wake up - even when we're still in our warm bed. It is fascinating what a short "Thank you sir for the good sleep!" can do with us if we are aware of God’s presence. If we didn't sleep well, we might say something like, "I didn't sleep well tonight, sir, so I need your help to get the day off to a good start." I know you created this day. Help me enjoy it. » If we overslept, we might say something like "Oh. It's already late. Thank you sir, for the extra sleep. Now please help me get started and be focused on you! » We can invite God to have a cup of coffee with us. We can talk to him when we drive to work in the car. We can let him know that we love him and thank him for his unconditional love for us. Assume ... We don't start the day with God because He expects it or because He isn't happy with us if we don't. We start the day with God as a small gift to ourselves. This determines the inner attitude of the day and helps us to focus on the spiritual and not just the physical. It should be our concern to live for God every day. How we can do that if we don't start the day with him is questionable.
by Barbara Dahlgren