One of my personal goals this year of 2022, has been to become an early riser. I have always been what one would call a night owl and a morning person, but after reading some leadership books, I decided I wanted to create a better morning routine for me.
I have a daily alarm that goes off at 5:15, and as a joke, and a trigger to get me going, I usually shout, "Feet on the Floor, Look out the Door" as I get out of bed and look outside. It's just a personal trigger to help me get up and going.
With our move to North Georgia, and purchasing a home with a screened back porch, this has become my morning oasis. I grab a cup of coffee and my iPad (yes I am fully digital in my bible reading and journaling). I may do a post about my process soon.
I find my place in the chair on the back porch and sit in the dark just listening and enjoying the surroundings that can only be detected with your ears. One amazing thing is my porch faces the East and so as I sit, I begin to see a small sparkle of light begin to come through the trees. As I sit, think, read, and pray the light becomes more pronounced as time goes by until finally I actually see the sun come up through the trees.
As I ponder, the thought of being the light to the world reminds me that light permeates darkness and darkness cannot keep it out. I want my life to matter and the best way that can happen is to shine the light of Jesus in all that I do. People today need the light of the world given to them, because, they trample through darkness in their personal lives each day.
A smile or a "have a great day' can shed light into the darkest places in someone's life if we will just remember to do it.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:5
I am the Worship & Music Catalyst for the Georgia Baptist Mission Board.