But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Mat 6:33
I’ve heard it said before “For the Christian every day is Christmas and everyday is Easter”. True enough. But how do we remember this in the face of daily assaults on our senses?
How do we remember the miracle of Christ’s birth, our Savior, in the body of a little baby, every single day? And His sacrifice on the cross 30 years later for our redemption, every single day? When our time is less than constructive, our attitude more than destructive and our souls pulled in ten directions before breakfast?
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusts in thee. Isa 26:3
When our eyes fly open in the morning and we sleepily look to the clock to see what time it is, our first thought is “What do I have to do again today?” When it should be “Good morning Father God, thank you for this day,” followed by the last ditch effort to snuggle under our covers.
Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice. Phi 4:4
In the next ten minutes we generally reach for our coffee and our (somewhat) smart phones, check the weather, the stock market, the news, our email, not necessarily in that order. What we should do first is read a daily devotional (handily downloaded to our phone via a free e-book reader app). Get a first dose of spiritual tonic into our brain to jump start the day. For me reading a morning devotional is like putting on a sturdy pair of stilts that I can rise above all the morass of my day and see the horizon like a plumb line. Morning scripture will steady my teetering mind.
As the day progresses thank God for all things. Thank God for socks that match. Thank God for moving all the cars out of the way on the freeway. Thank God that the boss is absent again. Thank God that there is no line at the grocery. Thank God that your kids are sitting politely side by side and not punching each other. Thank God that we can clean the cob webs tomorrow because today went just fine and there will be a tomorrow.
Being aware of His grace all day long taps you into a conversation with Him. It acknowledges that God is with you always. Even in the little things. I used to think God has so many things to worry about, volcanoes, wars, famine, asteroids, why should I bother him about where I left my keys? But He does care about where I left my keys. Amazingly if I acknowledge that I can’t find my keys without His help, I suddenly find them.
In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Phi 4:6
In “nothing” be anxious. In “everything” be thankful by prayer. Nothing and Everything. Mighty big words. No. Thing. Every Thing. That pretty much sums it up. Doesn’t leave any thing out. Any. Thing.
It’s the consistency of this prayer and supplication that builds the relationship. If I in obedience continually give Him the glory for the mercy He bestows, then the relationship and the conversation stays real all day long.
I love end of the day rituals. Lighting a candle, listening to a favorite worship song and reading a different devotional than the morning’s or a bible study that will place your mind in a receptive mode as your sleepy thoughts revolve around what God has gotten you through in the last 12 hours and the new lessons He has prepared for your tomorrow.
So belief cometh of hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. Rom 10:17
I read the scriptures and take out a pen and underline the meaningful sentences in my bible. There God speaks to us always, across the ages, with as much guidance and wisdom as the words written so long ago. As you read His word, connections from the morning’s scripture to your day’s experience will reflect back to you and entwine with what you read in the evening. The t’s will be crossed, the i’s will all be dotted and it will all make sense.
You will have that epiphany moment when it’s all stitched together in your mind by the Lord and you will realize, He did come just for you, and He did die just for you.
And it’s Easter and Christmas all over again.
Thank you for allowing us to have the conversation with you. That the sacrifice of your Son Jesus opened the dialogue. That we can come to you with our concerns and you do hear us.
We are so grateful to you.