We are creatures of habit. Albert Einstein said that “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” That is a lesson for a different day; in fact, check here to read our post from May 6.
Habits help us through our day. We can do a similar task without having to be fully engaged in that habit easier than when we are doing something “out of the norm.” Think about your morning routine. In our house, the weekday routine is the same. The alarm goes off; we push the snooze button a few times, and then pray before getting out of bed. After that I (Dave) make our lunches while Robyn showers, and then she opens the curtains and gets the newspaper while I get dressed. We read the newspaper while eating breakfast and then do our daily devotions before heading off to work. We go our own ways with a kiss and a wave. Our weekend morning routines follow a different pattern than during the week, but those two morning routines don’t change much week to week either.
Mornings are an important time of day. Before facing the day we should have a routine of looking into the face of God. We should begin each day seeking God and His strength; the strength we will need to do whatever it is we will be doing that day. We should not begin the work of the day until we have had a few quiet moments with God.
After Moses broke the first two tablets (with the Ten Commandments on them) in a fit of rage (see Exodus 32:19), God instructed him to chisel out two new ones and meet with him. Here is what we read in Ex. 34:1-3 – “The LORD said to Moses, ‘Chisel out two new stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that whereon the first tablets, which you broke. Be ready in the morning, and then come up on Mount Sinai. Present yourself to me there on the top of the mountain. No one is to come with you or be seen anywhere on the mountain; not even the flocks and herds may graze in the front of the mountain.”
Notice what God said to Moses. He wanted time alone, just He and Moses, first thing in the morning.
So, why not have a morning routine that begins, before your feet hit the floor, with an appointment with God! By doing so, you can have a day influenced by His character and under His control! You can then do all things through Him who gives you strength. (Philippians 4:13)
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