As Christians, we often focus on make our entire life better. That means making the most out of every moment in our work life and family. Sometimes we go to bed late only to get up next morning, picking up where we left off the day before. At times it may seem like one-day blends into the next while you try to manage life.
The truth is God gave each one of us the desire to do more and be better, and productivity without burnout is key to your success. Taking time out each to focus on the direction of your life may save you from stress later.
How we prepare for a task can significantly affect your success in many areas, and the morning hours are the most important. The Gospels share that Jesus would spend the morning hours in solitude, while the first Psalm advises meditating on God's word.
So maybe it's time for you to set up your day starting from the early morning as well. To build a great life with God, we make the most of our mornings.
I've written before on the importance of establishing Christian Affirmation routine and the science behind it. For those of you who want a broader array of daily options here you go.
The Bible implicitly instructs to be grateful both to God and others, as soon as you wake up and before you get out of bed start by being grateful to God. Mentally enumerate why you are thankful. By focusing on what gratitude, rather than on problems, you set yourself up to receive more blessings you can be grateful for.
In John 14:23 Jesus stated that if anyone loves Him, they will "keep" His word. Keeping God's word until it becomes the natural thought of the mind requires deep contemplation. Get your Bible, find a comfortable place where you can study and read God's word for at least 20 minutes. I recommend an hour or more every day if you can.
3. Read your blessing aloud
This one sounds a little strange, but in Isaiah 54 God's word explains that those who are without what they want should "sing" about what they want. What's interesting about this instruction is that the scripture then states to prepare for the blessing. So start each day by saying how God blesses you.
The Bible is clear about not deviating from our core principles. Part of your daily habit should be to focus on God's word and how it will fulfill your life. Envision your day and all its possibilities, next envision your reaction to all of it with God's word. This technique will help to "keep" God's word throughout the day.
Your focused attention on God's word is much more important than your to-do list. Although there may be many items on our to-do lists your intention is the power to complete them with real diligence. If your focus is to maintain poise with a peaceful attitude, you will have a much better chance at being the person you want to be simply focusing on God's grace early in the day.
So that's it. Try the five steps in about thirty minutes to prime your day for the most efficient results. I also recommend you eat healthy food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A proper diet will help your mental clarity while maintaining energy levels high. Physical exercise is another excellent way to feel your best.
Bonus point - What not to do
Do not check voice messages, texts or email before you begin your morning routine. If you ignore this advice, you're likely to get caught up other priorities render your practice ineffective.
Rather, set aside the first 30 minutes for God and you. Check your thought and feelings, quiet your mind, meditate on God's word, soak up the Spirit, be grateful, remind yourself of God grace, then focus. Follow this advice and changes will start to happen.
God bless you. See you in the kingdom.