I am not a morning person. I struggle to gain consciousness and get my bum out of bed every. single. morning. I don’t want to talk to anybody and I don’t want anybody talking to me until I have at least brushed my teeth, put my eyes in and adjusted to being vertical. No way around it, mornings are tough.
One thing I have experienced often over the years (and think many of you women can relate) is the “attack of the ‘to do’ list” as soon as I open my eyes. I haven’t even put my feet on the ground yet, but I’m already worried about getting everything done. It is a rotten feeling and makes me want to roll over and hide from the world a little longer.
Over the last couple weeks I have been fighting off this “morning assault”. For starters, I don’t want to begin my day downcast or feeling defeated! That is not the life for Christians. God tells us that we are “more than conquerors through Him” (Romans 8:37) and have “overcome the world” through our faith in Christ (1 John 5:4). Therefore, that is how I want to start my day – confident in Christ and what he has planned for me.
There are several verses to use, but lately I have been keeping it simple. Maybe this will help you too if you share my struggle. I quote Psalm 118:24, “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” However, I change the “let us” to “I will” and I make it a command. Over the years I have often encouraged women to preach to themselves and that is essentially what I am doing here. “THIS is the day that the LORD has made, I WILL rejoice and I WILL be glad in it!”
This verse goes way deeper than the simple words it contains. The point is not to force happiness and positive thinking on myself each morning. That will get me nowhere, only God’s Word has the power to change my heart. Here is the thought process:
“This is the day the LORD has made”: God has made every day; he is not just working as he goes along. No, he wrote out every single day of my life before I was ever born. This is laid out for me in Psalm 139, “Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” This is true for you as well. Imagine it, your life has been written out by God!
So, what does God have planned for our days? Ephesians 2:10, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” GOOD works are planned. Once again, these are days prepared for us, by God himself, before we live them out (amazing!). And that is true for every single day of our lives. We who are in Christ just need to “walk in them”. This last portion is vital; we can’t sin and think we are walking in God’s will for our day. We need to walk in the “good works” prepared for us. Good works are the fruit of a life lived for the Lord. Our days need to be filled with what honors God.
“let us rejoice and be glad in it.”: The above gives the reasoning for the remaining part of Psalm 118:24. Gladness and joy are the inevitable results of knowing that God has authored each of our days. When we get up in the morning we can be assured that whatever happens in the hours ahead has been hand-crafted by the One who loves us the most. He planned out each step of our day that we should walk in it. Everything submits to him: the events, the people and even the “to do” list.
So, Ladies, the mornings may still be rough, but we can face the day ahead with hope and joy knowing that our God has it taken care of. We should trust him and walk gladly in the good works he has lovingly prepared for us.