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Beginning Your Day Anew

February 11, 2013

“For Christians the beginning of the day should not be burdened and oppressed with besetting concerns for the day’s work. At the threshold of the new day stands the Lord who made it.”[1]

So often we jump out of bed in the morning and race into the day. There are kids to wake, dress and feed. Then we prepare to go to work. Jump into the car and race down the road. Without paying attention to the speedometer there may be a traffic stop in the future. Rush, rush, rush. That is the American morning.

In his work Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer tells us we are to slow our morning down. The new day is a gift, a new moment in time which was not promised to us, but was gifted to us at the moment we awoke. This morning is a fresh start at a new day. Forget yesterday’s trials and tribulations, worry not about the moments to come. Revel in this moment before you with God.

Slow down today. Smell the coffee brewing. Turn off the TV and hear the birds sing. Look at the sunrise or commit to watching the sunset.

Spend time thanking God for this gift and ask how you can pass on this gift to others today. Make this new approach a habit. What can you do different to focus on God first thing in the morning?

[1] Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Life Together. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 1954. 43

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