How does your day start? How does it end? If you’re like me, we start out with the best intentions but end with more stressors, failures, and fears than we expected or wanted. I’ve learned that unless my day starts with a full tank of God’s peace, it’s often depleted before the day ends. When that happens, the day never ends well.
Something Coach Paul Quinn shared during my high school days became a lifetime lesson. His simple yet profound statement, “You will play like you practice.” If I don’t practice using the spiritual gifts God has blessed me with, they won’t be ready at game time.As Christians, we must remember to practice like we want to play. #GrowingInFaith #AStrongFaith Click To Tweet
My days start long before the sun rises. This morning began at 2 a.m. and will end around 10 p.m. Most mornings, I carve out an hour or so for my quiet time with God. Bible reading, a few devotions, and my daily prayer list take up that time. When I’m fortunate enough to still have a bit of quiet left, I’ll softly listen to worship music through my hearing aids as I meditate and linger in His presence.
As dawn breaks, it’s time to start my day job. Making my way to the workshop, I stop to view the eastern sky. I call it “topping off my tank.” In that last quiet moment, I listen to the chittering of the raccoons, the chickens stirring, a distant group of coyotes calling to one another, and I listen for God. When I feel His presence surrounding me, I offer a silent prayer before I begin the day’s chores. It often goes like this.
Mornin’ Lord, give us this day, please. Lead me in how I can best
show Your light today. Fill me with Your peace; give me the patience,
kindness, and gentleness I need to face what is to come.
Please help me take each thought captive so that I
keep the thoughts I wish I didn’t have to myself. When this
day depletes these good fruits, lead me to seek Your
presence and refill my soul. Nudge me when You see me
nearing that invisible edge, Lord, help me remain
safe in Your will.
I wish I could tell you I always heed the Holy Spirit’s warning that my tank is getting low. Oh, that I could say I always keep my selfish and sometimes sarcastic thoughts to myself. But alas, like many of y’all, I too am human and will fail to honor God with my words and actions from time-to-time. Perhaps that’s why we need to do our best to walk with Him throughout our day. When I stray away, I fall right back into the muck and mire that fills this world.Remaining close to God throughout your day helps to keep you in His will. #GodsWill #NotMine #InviteGodsPresence Click To Tweet
We must actively seek to remain close to God throughout our day. For me, that starts as He unfolds each day. If I begin my busy day seeking Him and inviting Him to walk with me throughout the day, it’s easier to keep Him close. I’ve learned through my years that when I surrender my day to Him, I accomplish more. It happens easier, and it glorifies God.
My social media friend, Mr. Peanut Coleman, reminded me how important it is to top off our tanks as God unfolds each day. A rancher in northern Virginia, Peanut (I wonder if that’s his given name) often shares images and thoughts that show his heart for God. My ranching friend often reminds me how we must be good stewards of His many blessings (spouse, children, friends, land, livestock, health, etc.) each day He gives us. We need more men like Peanut Coleman in this world.
As God unfolds each day before us, He gives us a reminder of His glory, His grace, and the reason for our hope. In this time of ever-increasing evil, war against Israel, government overreach and malfeasance, and attacks and persecution of Christian brothers and sisters across the world, seek God. His presence in our lives brings the peace our souls need to remain spiritually strong. My prayer for you this week is that you take time to seek God, making Him a priority in starting your day. Start strong my friends and finish well.
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