For a day to start off right and go well – here are four things I want to do each morning. It requires time and there are sacrifices, but it’s worth it. On my best, most disciplined days, each of these four things happen:
1) Read. I read Scripture. I read a little bit of more of whatever book I’m reading at the time. I read updates on any news stories or other stories I have been following.
2) Run. Each morning, I typically head down to the treadmill to walk / run for a while. Many times, I will combine reading and the treadmill. I also spend time listening and praying. I pray for my family, for the church, for God’s work to be done in my life.
3) Write. It starts with a “W” I know, but it fits nicely with a list of “R” words. It’s been since about 1994, when I first moved to Kentucky for school that I have been writing most every day. For a while, it was a handwritten in a journal. From there it became typed into a journal. I still do some of the journaling today, but I also write in the Harvest Ministry Blog. It’s become a hobby to write and publish something most every week day either as a devotional thought or something I’m learning in ministry.
4) Reflect. The reflection part is less intentional than the other parts, but happens throughout the early morning. I want to spend a little time each morning thinking and praying. I want to ask for the Lord direction. I want to reflect on the things I will be doing today, the schedule, the goals. I like to ask the question, what did I experience and learn from the Lord yesterday? How will that effect today? For me, the early morning is also the best time for me to dream about the future.
*note: contrary to most every other ministry leader I know, coffee is not in my routine.
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