Like most people, when I wake up in the morning my first thought is I don’t want to, instead of being grateful for the fact that I woke up. At some point after a couple snooze buttons I usually reach for my phone, just in case I missed something on Facebook in the few hours I was asleep. Then from the urging of my bladder I head to the bathroom, on most days this is either followed by getting ready for work or making breakfast for my kids, some days both. This is followed by thinking of all the things I need to do trying to figure out how I’m going to make it all happen.
Monday through Friday and an occasional Saturday I’ll put in an 8 hour shift at a business development center for an automotive dealer. After that I get something to eat, spend time with my kids and then work on the various projects I have going on. At some point I try and keep in contact with my friends, and make sure I get my daily rewards on all my phone games. I do my school studies on my lunch break at work most days, I work in some bible reading at some point in the day, and I’m in prayer at various points of the day. I try to take a few minutes in the morning to be thankful for what I have and repeat any ongoing prayer requests.
There is a lot going on, but most people reading this have just as much going on as I do if not more. We also all have our routines, the question is are we benefiting from it or falling victim to it.? Are we making it a choice to spend time with Him or an afterthought? There are certain things that need to be done at certain times during the day that is understood, but there are also parts of our spiritual walk where we can benefit from a routine. The morning is often the busiest part of your day, but setting that alarm a half an hour earlier or not hitting the snooze button can give some extra valuable time before the kids wake up or the day starts full force. Take some time before all the other routines start to spend time with just you and God.
This time can be in the form of prayer, bible study or just silent reflection between you and your creator. Find a place where you will be able to step away from any disturbances, be it your bedroom, another room in the house or a walk outside in the yard. Take time in prayer to Praise Him, to be thankful for answered and unanswered prayers, and to not only pray for yourself but others. You don’t need to wait for a prayer request to pray for them, this includes praying for people you don’t normally get along with.
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Be intentional in not only your prayer life but your entire routine. What is your priority when you wake up seeing if Betty Sue liked your meme on Facebook, getting that extra power up in angry birds, or spending time with your Heavenly Father. We are all a work in progress including myself, but I definitely notice the difference when I set aside that special 1 on 1 time in the morning and when I don’t.