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11/13/2008

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Start The Day Right


"But seek first His kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" (Matt. 6:33).

How many times have you heard this scripture quoted? How many times have you heard it in a sermon or read it yourself? It is a wonderful verse. Jesus says it after talking about the things people worry about. If you read the preceding verses, which I am sure you have, you will see what some of them are. You have more than likely heard it applied in many ways. I guess I am going to make one of those applications this morning.

How do you start out your day? Brush your teeth? Take a shower? Get the newspaper? Make the coffee? Drink the coffee? All good things...What they seem to have in common is that you might do each, some, or all of these before you meet anyone. I have another suggestion to add to your list. "Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness." Simple but profound....We all have a first hour of the day. What we choose to do with it is up to each of us. I would suggest to you that before you meet man each day, that you meet with your Lord.

I put myself before you as neither more righteous, humble, or holy than the next person. But this I know. It has been such a blessing to me to start each day by preparing this daily devotional. My days simply are better. I have been in the Word and meeting with God as a first thing each day, and it makes a big difference. The coffee tastes better, the newspaper reads easier, and I have a better attitude.

The philosophy is a simple one. Want to meet with God each day before you meet with man. It takes no special talent, no great IQ, no advanced college degree. If we start each day with a, "God this is your day and I'm you man (woman)," attitude, what greater commitment can we make? This is how to really live! We can get started with our problem solving each day without having to talk with anyone but the Lord.

Seek the Kingdom first; use today without having to worry about tomorrow. "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself" (V34). If you do this already, share it with me. If not, why don't you give it a try. Can there be anything more exciting than beginning and living each day with God? This is our great Christian blessing.

Have you ever read Robert Frost's, "The Road Not Taken?" Its a wonderful poem. The last stanza reads; I Shall be telling this with a sigh

               Somewhere ages and ages hence:
               Two roads diverged in a wood, and I---
               I took the one less traveled by,
               And it has made all the difference.

See if it makes a difference....Have a wonderful day...Let you light shine for Him Love mark Phil. 4:11

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