I read a blog post several years ago about the importance of establishing and maintaining a morning routine. I have no idea who wrote it or how I found it, but I remember the essence of the idea that a good morning plan helps us prepare for and meet our day.
I have, over the past few mornings, begun shaping one of my own. It’s a mixture of quiet time with God, Bible reading, coffee drinking, and conversation with Larry.
As I shape a good start to each day, I am trying to teach my mind to focus on God first. It’s amazing to me how many other things are my first thoughts in the morning: other people, work deadlines, writing needs, or even that thing I meant to add to the grocery list. These aren’t bad things, in and of themselves, but I want to seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness and not get carried away with one thought leading to another and another and another until the day is done.
Psalm 143:8 says, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.”
That is my prayer for each day of this year.