Our theme for this month: “Personal Responsibility”
Our Bible verse for today: “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” Psalm 5:3 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “You are responsible for starting the day off right.”
Yesterday I told you about the commencement speech given by Admiral William McRaven to the 2014 graduating class of the University of Texas. The title of the talk was “Make your bed”. Admiral McRaven told the story of how when he was in training to become a Navy SEAL the first task of each day was to make his bed, and to make it so well that it would pass a rigorous inspection by a SEAL instructor.
Making the bed was an exercise designed to instill the virtues of attention to detail and of doing all tasks with a high degree of excellence. But the other point Admiral McRaven was making was that starting the day by making his bed very well helped to set the tone for the rest of the day. Now that he had started the day by doing one thing exceptionally well, he was ready to go forward into the day doing all things exceptionally well. Making his bed with that degree of attention to detail, and with such a commitment to excellence, helped to establish his attitude for how he would approach the entire day.
Starting the day with the right attitude is important. Then you can use that good beginning as a foundation to build the rest of the day on. In Philippians 4:13 the Apostle Paul reminds us of a great truth that is very helpful when it comes to establishing and maintaining a good and positive attitude. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” In other words, there is nothing you will face in the upcoming day that you and Jesus can’t handle together. This is more than just a theological truth, it’s a practical reality. Claim the truth of Philippians 4:13 first thing. Then as you walk through your day you can keep calling on and relying upon the Lord, and He will help you.
The best way to start your day is in prayer and Bible study. Spend some time reading the Bible and then talking to God. Talk to Him especially about the day that lies before you. Review it with Him, asking Him for guidance and help. Ask Him also for a sense of peace and joy as you approach the new day. Then, get going. You have started the day well, now go live it well. This is on you. It’s up to you to get out of bed early enough so you can do this. Billy Graham once said “If I don’t start my day with Jesus, I meet Satan around every corner all day long.”
Navy SEAL trainees start their day off right by making their bed. The smart Christian starts his or her day off right by spending time with the Lord. It’s your responsibility to start the day off right.