A morning spent in praise and prayer to God and meditating on godly thoughts can set a positive tone for the day. Most people live busy lives and email, phone calls, tasks, and the demands of others quickly fill our time. If we do not carve out time at the beginning of the day to meditate on spiritual things the physical demands of our world can quickly fill our attention and hours. It is often not the evil things that are are greatest problem but the “cares and concerns of the world” that distract us and can lead to our destruction (Matthew 13:22). It seems that when, as a song says, “wake the dawn with praises” we are able to focus our minds on what is most important and keep the challenges of the day in perspective.
Here are 5 good habits to start the day:
- Daily Bible Reading. There are many charts that have passages for daily Bible reading. I’ve often suggested Mark Robert’s plan. Don’t worry if it is not January 1st. Just check off each day as you work through the scriptures. Another options is to read a chapter of Proverbs each day (31 chapters = 31 days). Perhaps devote a month to reading and re-reading a particular book. You do not need a specified format but simply dedication to regular reading.
- Bible Class Lesson. I’m not sure that some people realize this but a person does not have to do their Bible class lesson on the drive to the church building or in a frantic hour before leaving for class! Some lessons have daily Bible readings built into the lesson. You can also break the lesson up by questions to do each day or do the reading one day then review and do questions another day, etc. You will find yourself well prepared for Bible class with better questions to ask and points to share with the class.
- Wordpoints by Gary Henry. My wife and I have long used Gary Henry’s books Diligently Seeking God and Reaching Forward for morning devotions with the kids before school. I find his web site Wordpoints a great way to start the day. The messages are brief, biblical, and thought provoking. You may find posts that you want to share with others that can open spiritual discussions. Gary also posts on Twitter.
- Around the Web. Jason Hardin posts links to ebook deals and encouraging spiritual articles on his Around the Web posts. I’ve picked up some great free Kindle ebooks and discovered other authors through these posts. He also posts links via Twitter for Around the Web and his other writing.
- Build Your Own. I subscribe to WordPoints, InGodsImage, and other blogs through the Feedly RSS reader. As I find interesting blogs by individuals or on church web sites I subscribe to them in Feedly and browse through the articles using their very user friendly site. It is easy to drop blogs that dry up or no longer hold my interest and adding new blogs is easy. If you do this, please subscribe to GodlyYouth to receive new articles as they are published.