Starting The Day: First The Word, Then The World

When you wake up in the morning how do you start your day? If you are like me, often it’s a cup of coffee and the news. On a few mornings I begin the day with the word of God. Sitting silently in the quiet of early morning, I open my Bible and begin to read and think about what God has written for us. I noticed that when I start the day with the world—listening to the news and what is happening—my day goes far different that it does when I start with the word of God.

As I read and meditate upon what God has said I can feel my heart soaking up the good things He has spoken and a sense of refreshment comes over my soul.

I decided today that from this point on I will begin every day with God’s word, a good cup of coffee, and wait to turn on the news. The things of the world seem to draw my mind into a place where I often feel restless, and often angry at what I see. Sometimes I feel a sense of hopelessness in hearing about how bad the world has become.

When I read the word of God first thing in the morning I feel a sense of peace, and happiness in remembering the good things that God is doing in the world. I experience a hope for a better tomorrow. What a difference it makes in how we start our days. Perhaps you are much wiser than I and are already doing this in your life. If you are like me, a good reminder once in a while is necessary to get you back to things we really should be doing every day as a follower of Jesus.

As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.  —Psalms 42:1-2