"We wake not to a vague or general mercy from a far-off God. God, in delight and wisdom, had made, named, and blessed this average day. What I in my weakness see as another monotonous day in a string of days, God has given as a singular gift."
- Tish Harrison Warren Liturgy of the Ordinary
I just spent my afternoon with a couple that will be getting married in May. What a delight it was to hear how excited they are about starting this new adventure. Nick and Lori are a little bit older and have lived a little bit more life than the majority of couples getting married. They are filled with joy in what God is doing in their lives. To say that they are excited is truly a great understatement. New beginnings have that tendency to create excitement and joy, don’t they?
I like to think about mornings that way. Now, I fully understand that your everyday run-of-the-mill morning can’t hold a candle to the excitement of lighting that candle at a wedding, but how often do we fail to see any excitement, at all, in a morning.
The sun comes up, you take that first conscious breath of the day, maybe the house smells like coffee, perhaps there’s a child staring at you straight in your face when you open your eyes (or in my case a very spoiled cat or dog) and it’s morning. A new beginning, really. An opportunity to start the day by thanking God that he gave it to you. A chance to start this new day with a fresh enthusiasm for whatever it is you may have lost enthusiasm. A brand new day to trust God with the hardest parts of your life and rejoice in his presence with you.
I’d like to encourage you to join me in beginning a new morning habit. Eyes open, thank God for the day. Feet hit the floor, ask God to lead you through this day. Wash your face, tell God you’re ready to make a difference in someone else’s life. Get dressed, ask God to clothe you with compassion, kindness, goodness, mercy, and love. First sip of coffee (yuk, or tea) and smile. Prayer time, seek God’s healing for any woundedness in your heart, and prepare you to help heal the wounds of others. All-day, look for ways to give glory to God.
I know it may sound like a lot, but I have a feeling the end result will be a lot of joy and excitement for a new beginning…each and every day!
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
- Colossians 3