The Secret to a God-focused Day

Graduation speeches rank from the trivial to the tremendous. I am still impressed by the Naval Admiral William H. McRaven gave last year at the University of Texas at Austin. McRaven said:

"If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. 

"Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can't do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.

"And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made — that you made — and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better."  *

Such a simple thing, making a bed.
But it sets the stage for bigger and better things.

Meeting with God in prayer or in His Word are likewise simple things to do. But if we will do it, early in our day, it can set the stage for a walk of faith and obedience all day long.

Spending time with God early in the morning helps us focus on Him and what is important. And what is more important than seeking and doing His will?
Invite God to work in and through you during your day.
Spend time with God in the morning, and then, if you have a miserable daytests or tough circumstancesyou can still pillow your head at night rejoicing in God's presence, and that He will encourage you and give you hope for tomorrow.

The Psalmist said, "Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul" (Psalm 143:8). And again, "Oh Lord, in the morning you hear my voice...." (Psalm 5:3a).

Jesus gave us an example of morning communion. He rose up early in the morning to pray to His Father in a solitary place (Mark 1:35).

Such a simple thing, meeting with the Father in the morning.
Such a simple-but-precious habit. A life-changing choice.

So make your bed. And then kneel down beside it and start your day with God. It's a wise choice!

Do you meet with the Lord each morning? How does it influence your decisions all through the day?


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