Are you a morning person? I am. I seem to be more alert in the mornings, making it easier to concentrate and get things accomplished. I’m sure the multiple cups of coffee I enjoy don’t hurt, either. Sometime in the afternoon, I feel myself start to get sluggish. I’m more easily distracted and just don’t seem to be able to get quite as much done. Because of this pattern, I try to start each morning off right because I know I have a limited amount of time where I will be operating at “peak” levels. How do you start your mornings?
I was reading a blog post from All Pro Dad this week that got me thinking of another thing to add to my mornings. All Pro Dad is an Christian organization that focuses on encouraging and supporting fathers – Hall of Fame football coach Tony Dungy is a big part of this group. The blog post I was reading was called “10 Unforgettable Lessons on Fatherhood.” (You can read it yourself by clicking the title.) The main thrust of the post made me feel pretty inadequate as a dad, but one part really struck me. The son who is writing about his dad shares a “Morning Statement of Faith” that his dad tried to live by daily. This inspired me to come up with my own Morning Statement of Faith – those five things that I need to remind myself of first thing in the morning on a daily basis. Here’s what I came up with for me:
MY MORNING STATEMENT OF FAITH
1. Nothing will happen in my life today that God does not already know about and He is working all things for my ultimate good. I do not need to fear and I have no reason to complain. I will rejoice in this day that God has made.
2. God loves me unconditionally and completely. He is a good Father, full of lovingkindness, perfect in every way, and nothing can ever separate me from His love.
3. God has made no provision for me to live the Christian life in my own power. Instead of doing a lot of work for God, I must die to self and submit to Him in restful availability and prompt response to His every impulse in instant obedience.
4. God does not need me for His will to be accomplished and nothing that I do can make Him love me more or save me faster or better. Instead, he allows me the joy and pleasure of participating in the things He is doing in the world.
5. Today I commit myself to love God with all my heart, soul, and mind, and to love others as much as I love myself.
Surprisingly enough, it took me very little time to come up with these five statements. They probably aren’t perfect, but they reflect the things I think God is really teaching me at this point in life. I would love to list the scriptures that each one of these items brings to mind and maybe I will go into more detail on each of them in later posts. But for right now, these are the five main things I want to remind myself of each morning as I start my day.
What about you? I challenge and encourage you to come up with five faith statements that you want to make up your Morning Statement of Faith. Then put them somewhere that you will see them every morning. I would love it if you wanted to share your five statements with us. Put them in a comment to this post!
On another topic – don’t forget the PGBC Music Camp – Building Your Band, which is happening in just a few weeks! Read all about it by clicking here. Even if you aren’t involved in this ministry, I would appreciate your prayers for the workers, instructors, and students during this time. Thank you!