Each day begins with a single thought. The Alarm! Turn it off! Or Oh great, I have to go to the bathroom. Or Oh how pretty – birds! Or Oh how annoying – birds!
Within moments of waking thoughts begin to flow in succession as your brain begins to process what day it is. A work day? A day off? What’s the plan today? A flurry of activity can bombard your brain as the contents of your memories and information once again begin to process. If you do not literally control what is the second and third thought of your morning, your mind and emotions that are sure to follow will lead the way into your day. It isn’t a reality that is necessarily a good thing. Negative morning thoughts can spiral down to some negative emotions and the grumps. Who wants to start their day that way?
The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 6 to “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” The first focus of our day needs to be God’s Kingdom and how right or justifiable He is. Often we seek first what we want. Our life, what we will eat, or drink, about our body, what we will wear ( and the money to purchase them) are specifics of the various things we can tend to worry about as humans.
Humans are the only species that worry. The birds don’t worry about feather loss. The flowers don’t stress about their attire. The grass doesn’t get too concerned about it’s hue changing with age. They are all well provided for in nature designed by God. These things are the essentials of life, something our Heavenly Father knows we need and lovingly provides.
“…All these things shall be added unto you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about it’s own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6: 33-34
In my own waking moments I have begun this practice to put my first, or at least second thoughts upon the Lord, chatting with Him about how great a day it’s going to be, and then I smile. Understand that this is done regardless of how I feel. Start each day with the positive, the reality of all that is good in your life. It all comes down to a choice of what you put in your mind! I wish I had practic ed this in my own struggle with infertility: a simple choice of thinking and putting God first in my day. It’s made all the difference!