My day can start in one of two ways:
1) A servant to the demands of others.
This usually happens when I check my emails first thing in the morning. As I hit the send/receive button and see the numbers start to rise, urgency plants its claws in my heart. People have questions, concerns and reminders. There are opportunities, deadlines and demands.
Oh, I’ll just answer this one quick email, I think. Then another. And another. Before I know it, an hour has gone by and more emails have arrived. And with them, more urgency.
Between making breakfast, getting the kids ready for school, phone calls, meetings and answering “just one more email,” it’s easy for it to be late morning before I’ve tackled anything of importance on my to-do list. And then it’s time for lunch. I’ll start on my important projects after lunch!
Right! That never works well because afternoons are like hitting the rewind button on my mornings.
But there’s a second option for how my day can start.
2) A wise manager of my day, a servant to only One.
All it takes is 15 minutes to start my day right. It’s what I call my 15-Minute Morning Refuel. Here’s what it looks like:
5 minutes: Reading the Bible. I’m using the One-Year Chronological Bible, and 15 minutes is about half a day’s reading. The other half I do at night. God’s Word (even when I’m reading about warnings to the stubborn Israelites) always turns my heart toward Him.
5 minutes: Praying. This is enough time to start with praise and thanksgiving, and then a few requests. I keep a daily journal by my computer with prayer requests, so I’ll lift those up as well.
5 minutes: Prioritizing my day. After praying and seeking God will, I prioritize my to-do list and identify the top 2-3 priorities from my master list of tasks and projects. I try to be realistic about what I can accomplish each day. Some days I can get one thing done – so it better be important. 🙂
It’s amazing how just 15 minutes can make all the difference in my day.
Might this help you in your season of life now? Maybe in other seasons there will be time for extended Bible study and prayer. But if that’s not where you are right now, maybe a 15-Minute Morning Refuel can make a difference. It does for me.
Have a great day!!