How do you start your day? Do you research on how to have a productive day? I have come to understand that your attitude to life is a huge determinant to the outcome of your life. This is the big pictures which many people would probably nod their heads in agreement to right now, but how about on a daily basis? Too often we mentally assent to statements like this about the big picture of things, but have we gotten to the point were we take an overarching principle and apply it in little areas of life? Our day to day activities are bound to come with challenges and it happens to all men. The happiest of people are those who have learned that their life is not determined by external circumstances, but rather by an internal compass for direction and an inner thermostat.
I woke up on Monday with soooooo MUCH to do, and the thoughts of began to weigh in faster than I could think them; the time it would involve, material resources, questions on if I would be able to deliver on commitments etc. The first thing I did was to open my mouth and speak out loud “I can do all things through Christ that gives me strength”. Immediately the Spirit of God ministered to me a thought rooted in Matthew 26:36-41
36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” 37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”
39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Notice that this was a trying time for Jesus. He was at a point in His life that was emotionally demanding, and in this He decided to go spend a good amount of time praying. The revelation here is in that when the task ahead seems daunting, there’s a need to generate inner strength through prayer. This is contrary to what the common mind would think. Many would default to firstly putting together a “to-do” list, and get on the grind as quickly as possible.
After I had silenced the initial bout of voices on how incapable I was of achieving all I had for the day. I made a decision to pray based on what God had illuminated in my heart. So like David I started out with thanksgiving for a brand new day, O what lavish thanks and praises I poured out to God. By the time I was done with this I was ecstatic. Then I prayed for wisdom and pretty much submitted the day on to God’s hands. Spent a great deal of time praying in the Spirit. When I was done with my prayer time I made a conscious decision to maintain my joy all through the day, and I searched out certain verses of Scripture that I would keep in my consciousness all day long. Next I put together the “to-do” list, and I was good to go!
It was blessed, I experienced favor at various points of the day. People at the stores and offices I went to just had a willingness to help and they were kind about it. Certainly there were some rough patches, but my preset attitude was the key to me dealing with them effectively. Boy the day was busy, but I was standing strong, and standing tall at the end of it all.
If you want to have a productive day and you desire to be motivated throughout your day, take time out to search out Scriptures for every area of your life, and keep them in consciousness, let the word of God dominate your thinking. Plan to start each day with God!
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