Good morning y'all! I know some of you may be reading this at 11pm or even 3pm in the middle of the week, but there is something about mornings that make me very optimistic. To wake up and realize you've been given another chance to glorify the Lord and experience a great day really does bring me joy. And to be completely honest, I'm just really excited to have a morning where I genuinely look forward to the day and all the potential that comes with it. I don't want to waste days like this just laying around and doing nothing, I want to make the most of that day. I don't have days off regularly so I am spending my last Summer day off as well as I can. I woke up, went for a walk with my dog, made myself some awesome oatmeal, did a great morning devotional, and now I'm at a Starbucks drinking hot chai in a mug while writing and editing my blog...AND IT'S ONLY 10:30AM!! Seriously, that is just a wonderful sounding day to me. I am just so excited about the day, this truly is what joy feels like: starting your day with the Lord and being given new eyes to see the day with potential. It's unfortunately rare that I feel that. I get stuck in a sense of obligation for the day to go to work or do whatever I've been tasked with that day and I do them but not with the joy I keep hearing about. Also, to be fair, these past 2.5 months have been general trash, so I just can't remember the last time I felt like this. But I want to make the most of today and really be creative. Making time to be creative really does bring me joy and I haven't done this in a long while.
So what will today hold? I don't know; I intend to work on my blog and write some creatively and then when I'm done with that, it'll probably be time to head home and let Daenerys out and go for a brief midday walk (it's too hot to have long walks outside in the middle of the day). I'll probably meditate some and then do lunch. Lord willing I'll also have the opportunity to be like Jesus to someone who may not know Him or who may need Him so I'll always look forward to that opportunity. I just want to make the most of the day, if you haven't already gotten that sentiment. Where does this desire to make the most of the day and live for the Lord come from?
"Pay careful attention, then, to how you live—not as unwise people but as wise— making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. And don’t get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless living, but be filled by the Spirit: speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music with your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of Christ. " Ephesians 5: 15-21 (CSB)
Yep. It's Biblical. This isn't even the only verse about how to spend your days on earth for the Lord; the simple fact that we are His chosen and still in the world means that we have been called to a mission. JUST YESTERDAY I read Philippians 1 and the last few passages of the chapter said,
"For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Now if I live on in the flesh, this means fruitful work for me; and I don’t know which one I should choose. I am torn between the two. I long to depart and be with Christ—which is far better— but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. Since I am persuaded of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that, because of my coming to you again, your boasting in Christ Jesus may abound.
Just one thing: As citizens of heaven, live your life worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or am absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit, in one accord, contending together for the faith of the gospel, not being frightened in any way by your opponents. This is a sign of destruction for them, but of your salvation—and this is from God. For it has been granted to you on Christ’s behalf not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, since you are engaged in the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I have." Philippians 1: 21-30 (CSB)
How reaffirming is that?? Literally Paul (an Apostle who is currently writing that letter to the people of Philippi while in JAIL for sharing the Gospel) is talking about how how he longs to be with Jesus and escape the suffering of this world (I've shared that sentiment too) but he then goes on to express how necessary it is for him to, if he is called to remain here, to live a life that is WORTHY OF THE GOSPEL!! And we are not worthy by ourselves (because generally speaking, human beings can be kinda trash, myself included...and sometimes for no reason but that's just my two cents) but we are made worthy by Jesus Christ through His sacrifice. Which is where the Gospel comes in and how incredible is it that we get to do life with the Holy Spirit of God because of the Son of God obeying the Almighty, Father God?? COME. ON. SOME. BODY. If that is not good news, then what is?
All of this to say, why wouldn't I be excited about mornings? New opportunities to be like Christ and use the gifts He's given us for his glory and our good. That makes me feel very cozy inside with confidence; yes there is Holy reverence and righteous fear to go with that cozy feeling, but it still makes me feel really good. Not because I am inherently good but because He is. Through it all, He is good. Despite the circumstance, He is good. So again I say, good morning!