The Eight Most Profound Truths We Have Learned by Lisa Burkhardt Worley and Dr. Lynnette Simm (Part 3)
3. Start Your Day with God
Do you remember those years in school when you crammed for tests? In college, I pulled many an all-nighter studying for an exam. The problem was by the time I got to the test, I was exhausted and couldn’t remember anything. The result was never positive. I am confessing today that I also used to cram for Bible studies.
Over the years, I’ve participated in countless Bible studies: Bible Study Fellowship, Community Bible Study, Beth Moore Studies, studies by Priscilla Shirer and others. The photo above is of a closet shelf in my old house where I placed completed studies. You get the picture. However early on, instead of reading the material daily like it was designed, I would wait until the last minute and try to do all five days in one sitting. Have you ever done that? Maybe you still do! 🙂
I had a good excuse. I was working full-time and was a mom of two young boys. I didn’t have time to do the study daily, nor did I have any extra minutes in the mornings to carve out since I had to get ready for work and take the boys to school.
However my thinking made a sharp turn at an evening Bible study that I attended. At one of the lectures the teacher said, “How can you complain about your day at the end of the day if you don’t start your day with God?”
That question was like an arrow that pierced my soul.
I chewed for a while on this concept. I had complained many times about my day when it was over. There might have been work problems, kid issues, or household inconveniences. I realized that if I gave each day to God, whatever happened had his covering, and I needed to trust him to guide me through it.
So I was convicted and started getting up thirty minutes earlier each day to begin my day with God. It wasn’t easy. I remember my alarm was already buzzing at 6:00 a.m., so when 5:30 a.m. rolled around it seemed extremely early. But I drug myself out of bed, and with a cup of hot coffee in my hand, I did my lesson, read the Bible and prayed over the day. You know what? My day did seem to go better because I asked God to bless it.
There are many passages about the importance of morning-time with the Lord, and Jesus set the perfect example. In Mark 1:35 it says, “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.” Psalm 143:8 says, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.”
That was twenty years ago, and I cannot imagine not starting my day with God. In fact, I look forward to this special, intimate time with my heavenly Father. Instead of thirty minutes, sometimes my morning quiet time goes an hour or two, because I cannot get enough of the teaching and I want to scrape everything off of my plate onto His world-sized plate. He has the capacity to handle what overwhelms us!
As I think about my morning ritual, I realize God represents three C’s in my life, my Confidante, Counselor and Caretaker. I can tell Him anything, He shows me how to live my life, and I know He watches over me. It’s a profound truth. He wants first place in our lives and it starts with giving the Lordship of our days over to him— first thing in the morning.
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