Starting the Day

We all have our random routines, and it is this constancy in life to which most of us gravitate as we get older. It is natural to become more comfortable with actions that are familiar and reliable, imbibe those certain habits that have rewarded us in the past and promise to deliver satisfaction again and again, with constant duplication. Routine is not something that begins and or ends all at once but, in fact, takes time and repetition. The forgotten factor, however, is that getting into a routine is more often than not unconscious, which brings us to that wake-up-call one morning when we discover that we are doing the same thing we did yesterday and cannot remember exactly when it began.

It is no secret that the best routines are contemplated long before they are engaged, pursued with consistence that includes the conscience expectation of positive results; these take more effort. However, because they are not thoughtless, mind-numbing repetitions dictated by circumstance or convenience, an intentional routine is one that requires meditation, not just upon the dedication needed to establish it, but also with the goal in mind – a purpose, if you will.

Therefore, individuals with purpose in life, who have disciplined themselves to attain a specific goal, are more likely to establish a routine that, to the unlearned eye, may seem like a mere habit but is, in actuality, a chosen life-style. Christians know this, and know that it is does not happen by accident. We have our eye on a heavenly goal (Philippians 3:12-14), which is not some next-week proposition but is, rather, so long-term that it is eternal (Colossians 3:2). We have dedicated our life to a transition from living as a slave to sin to a life of freedom from sin (Romans 6; cf. Romans 12:1-2). This commitment is not accidental, random or arbitrary but, instead, is a willed choice of submission to the King (James 4:7-10).

The Psalmist understood that this is a lofty endeavor, but only as a theory if it does not have a starting point. He started early every morning, recommitting to that walk with God. He said, “Oh God, you are my God; early will I seek you; my soul thirsts for you” (Psalm 63:1). “But to you I have cried out, Oh Lord, and in the morning my prayer comes before you” (Psalm 88:13). “Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You” (Psalm 143:8).

Now, there is a godly person’s way of starting the day.

Jeff Sweeten