They’re the three words that help me ensure my focus throughout the day is on Jesus Christ. Good morning, Jesus. I once heard someone say the first voice you should hear in the morning is that of God and the last voice you should hear at night is God’s. The moment I started greeting Jesus each day rather than reaching for my cell phone to check messages and social media is the moment my day seemed more focus and productive.
It's essential that we prioritize Christ over all else in our daily life. However, the busyness and “to-do” list of life seems to often get in the way. The one way I ensure that life does not become a stumbling block for my relationship with Christ is to treat Jesus as if he is the person that wakes me up each morning. Let’s face it. He does give us life each day and is the one that wakes us with the break of each dawn.
If we desire for our life to be one that glorifies God, then we must make God the center of each day. It all begins with a simple “good morning Jesus.” It takes one breath to speak and yet has the power to transform your mind and thinking for the day. When we acknowledge the Lord in the morning then it sets the tone of our thinking throughout the decisions and interactions with others we face. When we recognize there is someone greater than ourselves at the start of our day then we allow for ourselves to be humbled before others as we interact with our employer, employees, family, friends, and neighbors.
The psalmist David writes “in the morning you will hear my voice; in the morning I will plead before you and wait.” (Psalm 5:4)
Mornings can get hectic for families. Trying to get children dressed and out the door to school, spouses getting ready for work, and the chaos that comes with the daily routine can often, inadvertently leave Jesus out of it. Mornings, on the other hand, set the stage for the entire day. Have you ever walked out the door to go to a meeting only to discover you can’t find the car keys? Frantically, you rush back inside the house and search until you find them. Then, you get in the car more hurriedly than usual, only to spill coffee on you as you head to work. How many times have we uttered “can I just go back to bed and wake up and start this day over?”
Greeting Jesus in the morning will not promise you won’t lose the car keys, spill coffee, or run late for a meeting. It will, on the other hand, help center your mind on what is important when you encounter these situations and the countless other stress that comes with life.
Good morning Jesus….now help me get through this day.