What is the first thing you invite into your mind and heart in the morning?
Facebook? Instagram? Yesterday’s quarrels or failures? Lustful thoughts? Today’s worries? Gossip?
Whatever it is, let me tell you the truth, it becomes what dictates your whole day and ultimately your whole life. The eyes and the heart are a factor to living either a sin controlled life or a spirit controlled life.
I could get scriptures that talk about what we let into our hearts, but as I said, I would like these messages to bring out the realities of life rather than always quoting scriptures.
I enjoy listening to Pastor Michael Todd; one time he said something that has stayed with me for the longest time, “God does not bless or heal who you pretend to be.”
And this is true, if you can’t be real with God, that means you are also not real with yourself. Subsequently, with the people around us.
When the alarm wakes you up every morning and your eyes are so tired and all you want is just some more sleep…. what motivates you to get up? Is it your job? your children’s needs? money? fame? fear of failure?
Well, these are not bad motivators really… but they can never give one a fulfilling life. These needs in as much as they are important to work for, can also drain all strength from a person. And this is what happens when we go around using our own strength to go through life,
>We get stressed,
>We get irritable,
>We think everyone is always taking, taking, taking, taking away from you and you never get back,
>We always feel unappreciated,
>We begin complaining,
>We are always blaming life for being unfair and others for things going wrong,
I could go on….
Here is what most people do not realize. We actually do not have to struggle to live our lives, most of what wears us out are things we bring upon ourselves because..
All those burdens belongs to God, they are not ours to carry, He says, “come to me all you who are heavy laden and I will give you rest. ” Matthew 11:28
But we continue carrying our struggles, burdens, weights and crosses (that do not belong to us in the first place), and before we know it we are almost if the winter years of our lives; still having a void in our hearts because our hearts never truly beat for its purpose.
Early in the morning, the first thing I like to do is, to give thanks to God for the morning and dedicate the whole day to Him, so my prayer goes something like…
“Lord, I thank you yet for another morning, bless those I love. I know that I will come across all sorts of temptations and situations that would otherwise make me compromise, remind me to stand firm and to put on your full armour for this war, for the sake of those you have called me to serve and your purpose for me. I claim all you declared about me and have put on my path. Let’s do this! “
I am telling you, my eyes are usually so drowsy and I am usually wondering if I will make it out of bed that day.
I seek God to direct my paths, my speech, my actions and my work and I do my best according to my human ability, leaving Him to take care of the rest because that is His job. You see in the past I had been doing this all wrong, I had been doing His job & mine at the same time and failing terribly at all I tried.
Do you remember the secret I once told you about?
Taste and see?
I learnt to let go of the my baggage at His feet.
I had been carrying so many unnecessary things for so long not having come to the realization that He had already sent His beloved Son to carry them for me.
So ask yourself, what do you feed your soul every morning, what captures and controls your soul? What is dictating your whole life? You might be thinking you are still young and have time to figure things out, but remember, time is fleeting… We are 20 years today, before we know it…we are 80. Life is too short, eternity if forever. Guard your heart as you make your pilgrimage here on earth.