Starting our days with the right attitude.
A day is so short. Sometimes, the time between the sunrise and the sunset seems to just slip through our fingers. Most of us wake up early in the morning with more or less time to spare. Each new day is a precious opportunity to understand our purpose in life. We are called to live lives of humility by denying ourselves. It’s not easy, I know, because it goes against everything we would normally choose. Yet, it is the only way to glorious joy and freedom! How we begin our day often determines the kind of day we will live. A day that will either be gained for eternity or utterly wasted.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about the importance of examining our heart in light of God’s calling to each of us. Our attitude is of great importance. Early in the morning, we need to make a conscious choice as to which voice we will listen to throughout the day. The voice of the flesh places us in the spotlight. It whispers ungratefulness and pride to us and it steals every bit of joy from our heart. The Holy Spirit, however, desires to speak to us instead, but we need to be extremely careful if we want to hear it. It is the gentle voice that ever beckons us towards selflessness and humility. It is the voice that exalts Christ to His rightful place- above every thought, attitude, or action. How blessed we are when we truly understand the great privilege we are given in denying ourselves!
“Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me. For all that I require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear.”
Matthew 11:28-30 (The Passion Translation)