What a day for a daydream
As is often the case, we find ourselves thinking about things during the course of a day. What is going on around us and in our life will certainly have an effect on our thinking. Sometimes we daydream. That is we spend time during the day dreaming without being conscious of our surroundings. Thinking about a past event and time when things were what we believe were better than now. Dreaming about something that has not yet occurred but is certainly something we would like to see happen.
When we start our day, what does that look like for you? How we start can have a great deal of effect on how we finish. That doesn't mean the day will go by flawlessly but it does mean that it can affect how we respond to the day as a whole.
When Elaine and I get up in the morning, we will settle in for a cup of coffee and read God's Word. I read recently that a friend referred to His Bible reading in the morning as the "morning newspaper". As a side note, I must admit I miss the old newspaper. The information it provided and especially the sports section and the comics. With that said, when we read God's Word, especially first thing in the morning it can and should have a positive effect on us.
How we start anything and especially the day can have an impact on how we finish the day. The same is true for our lives which are days combined with all the others. Days that have come and gone along with those that will come in the future are our life. How our life goes is determined by how we live each day.
Looking back on our lives is a good thing. It provides us with the opportunity to see what worked and what didn't work in our lives. How, when as a Christian, God was able to accomplish something through us for His glory.
Our lives are much like the newspaper we spoke about earlier. There are headlines that catch our attention. It is interesting that those are where we focus and think that they determine our success or even our failure. However, that is not the case at all. Those headlines are simply events that were spectacular but only temporarily affected our life. They do not necessarily define our life.
Like that newspaper, there are also articles and stories in the later pages that tell a story that provides us with insight and perspective. Life is the same thing because there is much more to learn beyond those headline stories in our life.
I don't think as I look back on my life that I was a headline kind of guy. I had a few headlines, but my life was and is the articles and stories on the other pages that tell truly who I am and what I have done. They didn't make it as a headline but they certainly affected who I was and who I am today.
I love the words of the Apostle Paul found in Colossians 3:23-24
23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,
24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
Early in my life I read and made these verses a central tenant of how I would live my life. That was when I was in school, before we were married, had kids, and went into ministry. They defined for me how I wanted to live my life. For me, it is about Him being glorified by what I do, what I say, and how I act. It is always "to God be the Glory".
Fanny Jane Crosby (1820-1915) wrote the lyrics to the wonderful hymn and Wiliam Howard Doane (1832-1915) the music for "To God be the Glory". Here are the words to the hymn:
1 To God be the glory, great things He hath done,
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life our redemption to win,
And opened the life-gate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice;
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory; great things He hath done.
2 Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.
3 Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport when Jesus we see.
Don't you just love the first words she used? To God be the Glory, great things He has done.
God wants to do great things in our lives and it will always be for His Glory.
In God's Grace,