Most mornings are the same routine: wake up, check my phone to see what time it is and anything social I missed while I was sleeping, and walk in the kitchen to find some nourishment.
Many people wouldn't think twice about this, there's nothing "bad" that I'm doing. However, I'm missing one of the greatest moments with my Creator when I continue this schedule.
In James it talks about how life is such a vapor, one minute here then we're gone. So why would I start every day with such a carefree attitude?
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:14-15, NIV)
We are not promised tomorrow, so let's make the most of what we are given.
This is personally one of my hardest struggles, especially as a young woman. I willingly choose to let people who just scroll past my life take my time and attention rather than the One who created me. In movies we all cry and don't understand how the girl goes for another guy, when a fully committed gentleman sits waiting. Isn't that what I'm doing to my Savior?
There's a song that sings "In the morning when I rise, give me Jesus....You can have all this world, give me Jesus."
Take that in. The entire world.
My grandmother was telling me the other day that July 5th, 2015, marked 9 years of her starting her journey to fight and remove breast cancer from her body. Her mother passed away from it at the age she was diagnosed. We shared a sweet moment looking back at all the Lord has allowed her to experience in the last several July 5th’s. When you stop and look back at all the blessings you have been given in 10 years, 5 months, or even one week … how can you not want to just get down on your knees and thank the gracious Father for all that you've been given?
Just like an artist, I believe God gives us all these experiences to make something beautiful.
Each piece may look different, audiences might change, but the One who gifted you with talent and materials is constant.
Every day, let’s wake up in the morning thanking Him for your blank canvas you are about to begin, and ask Him what the day's painting will look like.