Sunday, April 10, 2011

Warning!! Morning Person

I happen to be one of those people who simply loves the morning.  I've always been a "morning person".  It's morning as I write this post.  The morning marks the beginning of a fresh, new day.  I can hear the birds singing outside as they share the excitement of this new day.  The early morning not only marks the beginning of a new day, but reminds me of new beginnings in general.  Life is full of new beginnings as God's grace is lavished upon mankind.  Lamentations 3: 22 - 23 says, "The Lord's lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning..."

Dad used to say I was like a vampire (Hollywood portrayed) that instantly awoke when night had fallen...except I did it every morning (and not as a vampire).  He said that as a boy I would open my eyes early, jump up and hit the ground running as if someone turned me on with a switch.  I'll have to admit, he was telling the truth (except the vampire part).  To me the morning time represents a day full of opportunities yet to be explored.  That's just plain ole exciting to me.  Everything planned (and not planned) is yet to be attempted.  The possibilities are endless because the day is brand new!  It is in the early morning the excitement for the whole day wells up in me like an engine being revved up before popping the clutch.  (Whups.  Did I say that?)

Most important of all, the early morning is a time to get with Jesus.  Again, I am keenly aware that His mercies are fresh and new particularly at that time.  Listen to what King David said about the early morning.  Psalm 108: 1 - 2, "My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing, I will sing praises, even with my soul.  Awake, harp and lyre; I will awaken the dawn!"  David is so excited about singing praises to God he will grab his instruments and awaken the dawn with throw-down praise and worship!  In case you didn't catch it, he does it very, very early!  Why?  Well, why not begin your day with the one who gave it to you, right?  If the early morning marks the freshness of a new day, why not properly establish the course of the entire day by spending it with our incredible God?  It will truly establish your day in a godly manner.  What do you think?

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