A friend of mine writes a blog called “Faith in the Struggle” that focuses on recovery. In today’s post, he wrote of motivating ourselves by asking simple questions. For example, “Is this what I want my life to look like?” I like that type of reflection. It serves as a basis for charting a new course in life. Daily reflection keeps you on course. It’s important to start the day off right.
Praise is a great way to begin. For instance, I am fortunate to live in the country and close to nature. You’ll notice that most of my blog pictures are of sunrises and sunsets right from our farm. As I look out my office window, I can see birds, animals, trees, and the beautiful sky. All these remind me of Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Indeed, it does!
Right now is a particularly interesting time because we are at the equinox. As the earth orbits the sun, we notice a gradual change in position. The sun is higher and higher in the sky. Because of that, things start to warm up and life starts to change. Birds start migrating in. The deer turn color, from brown to red. The snow melts and ponds and streams open up. Soon, we will have forgotten all about the snow.
All of this happens because the earth is tilted on its axis in relation to the sun. If it wasn’t, our days would be exactly the same duration. The equatorial region would bake and increase in size. On the other hand, the polar regions would get colder and colder and expand further and further. Where humans would live on this planet would be very different than it is today.
All of this is very evident to me from my front window as the sun marks a different spot on the horizon each day. What a wonderful reminder of God’s blessings to us by giving us daily variety simply by tipping the earth just a bit. Isn’t that so cool! When’s the last time you praised God for the earth’s tilt? Why not today?
It’s so important to start the day off right. Sure, I may notice the sun traveling, but do I consciously stop to consider it? If I do, do I consider God’s handiwork? Furthermore, do I consider my benefit to all this as his gift to me? Do you see where all this leads to? Instead of trudging along with my daily routine, I could (and should) easily be praising my God for all the blessings he has given me! Isn’t that a great way to start the day off right!
Of course, some days are more difficult than others, yet we still have reason to praise him. We have great promises that God will take care of us, and he does.
16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
No matter the circumstances, it’s important to start the day off right by preparing ourselves for spiritual warfare. Satan is continually looking for opportunity. Start the day off right by armoring up. I like to review 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, Ephesians 6:10-20, Romans 12:1-2, James 5:16, John 2:15, Psalm 24:7-10, Psalm 91:14-16, John 10:10, James 4:7-8, and Matthew 6:13. I’m sure you have your own to add to this. The main thing is to do it regularly, preferably first thing in the morning, every morning.
By the way, did you know that trees can sing? Check out a previous post of mine about that! If you like what you read, please follow my page on Facebook as well as sign up to have new posts delivered to you email inbox. Thank you!
Father, I thank you for the changing seasons and for all that you do for me! Life is so interesting when I slow down and take time. Thank you! Amen,
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