He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. Isaiah 50:4
I've been reading a book called The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) by Hal Elrod. Amassing widespread attention and over 11K positive reviews, it drew my attention.
While I don't agree with all of the author's message—'Pursue the life you deserve!' ( Jesus spared us from the life we deserve!)—I've been positively impacted by the significance of how we spend our waking minutes.
The very first thoughts that meet us each morning are crucial to getting the mind headed in the right direction.
1. If we believe we'll fail, we likely will.
2. If we believe it'll be a crummy day, it likely will.
3. If we believe no good could come from our hardships, we'll miss God's good purpose in them (and become a proverbial party pooper)
4. The list is endless ...
But if we embrace the grace and mercy granted us throughout our sleep, we'll be more quick to respond to circumstances with gratitude. (If we're unsure if God offered us any mercy, a pulse check should dispel any doubt).
The Psalmist said, Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Psalm 143:8
After I wake each morning and before my feet hit the carpet, I've been intentional about offering God praise and gratitude for keeping a staying eye on me. The fact that I'm still breathing means he intends to use me in some capacity and isn't stuck in angry father mode over my past failures.
It serves no good purpose to lament about what didn't get done the day before, what prayers are still not answered, why things still aren't solved ... and, goodness, why are my joints achy?
Can you hear the pitiful strain of violins? The toxic negativity?
God also wakes us with much to say. He desires to instruct in kindness and in grace. What a difference if would make if we prayed, "Lord, teach me your way, and I will walk in your truth." Psalm 86:11
Several years of home education made one thing abundantly clear: not every student desires to be taught. Would he consider us, as Isaiah said, like one being taught?
We live in a world full of weary people. Our mornings should equip us to respond accurately and effectively to those at their wit's end. But we'll be of little help if we are unwilling students, ignorant of God's truth.
The sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. Isaiah 50:4a
During those fragile morning minutes—and throughout the day—let's praise him for his grace and mercy. Let's ask him to awaken our ears and make us like one being taught.
*What is your morning routine?
*How has it helped (or not) get your mind prepped to hear God's voice?
*What obstacles have you faced that make those morning minutes difficult?
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