thought crosses your mind the moment you wake up in the morning?
Do you think, "Oh, stink! Not another school day!" as you
vindictively punch the snooze button and try to bury yourself deeper
beneath warm covers?
Does your mind automatically plunge into
the plans of the day, perhaps choosing your outfit or planning how
you're finally going to bravely talk to the cute guy who
sits next to you in algebra class?
Or is your first thought, "Good morning,
Lord! Thanks for being with me as I take on the challenges of
If you make it a habit to greet God first
thing in the morning, you'll find that your attitude about the day
improves right from the start. In fact, recognizing God's presence
and partnership in your life first thing in the morning can revolutionize
your entire day!
It's hard for me to greet God in the morning
without having a smile steal across my face, even though by nature
I am a grumpy morning person. The smile on my face comes not from
my happiness at getting up early, but from the joy that the Lord
puts in my heart as a reward just for speaking His name, just for
tapping into His holy presence.
How will living out Psalms 5:3 change your
day? Well, the Bible says that, "The joy of the LORD is your strength"
(Nehemiah 8:10). Could you use more strength in your studies, relationships
activities? Would a renewal of strength each morning help you to
make godly choices throughout the day that reflect your lifestyle
And you don't have to just think
your greeting--the verse above says that God likes to hear
our voices in the morning. That means you can speak or even sing
your morning greetings aloud.
"Let the saints be joyful in glory: let
them sing aloud upon their beds," says Psalms 149:5.
On mornings when Brad is traveling and I
am "in charge," I really like to make a point to include singing
in our family's morning routine.
It changes the dynamic of a dreary morning,
and I notice that my children are more alert and cheerful when we
sing at home and in the car on the way to school. But to be honest,
I don't do it just for them. Singing gives me the strength I need
to keep them on schedule and send them off with a smile.
Worried that someone besides God might hear
you and think you've lost your mind? I say, "Who cares if someone
does hear you?" It's better to be crazy and happy than sane and
So, this simple three-word cure is today's
tip for maintaining purity: "Good morning, God!" It's a very
simple way to start putting God's Word to work in your daily routine.