“I don't want to get up. Nope. Not now alarm. Where's the snooze button?!”
That is usually my first thought when I wake up in the morning. I am not naturally a morning person. My husband can shoot up at 5AM, spend time in the word, and hit the gym all before I even wake up. Not so the case with me! I struggle just opening my eyes. Left to my own devices, I have a natural tendency toward being a Negative Nancy when I wake up. After a personal pity party about my need for more sleep, I can start to think about what I need to do that day and can quickly become overwhelmed. What’s sometimes worse is waking up and being completely disconnected from anything, much like a zombie.
I have been trying to become a morning person. I recently heard a pastor speak against the excuse of telling yourself that you’re just not a morning person. We may not NATURALLY be a morning person but that doesn’t mean we can’t change that.
Part of my current plan to change this:
Prayer: I’ve been asking the Lord to show me where I can improve my schedule or mindset to become a morning person.
Schedule: I have to guard my schedule in the evening to make sure I get enough sleep to wake up on time and to set better alarms.
Motivation: Have a tangible, active reason to get out of bed. Whether that be coffee or the need for a shower...
Sheer Grit: Sometimes you just have to take authority over your flesh and JUST DO IT-like Nike says.
Am I perfectly succeeding at this yet? No. Am I done trying though? NO!
That number one step to change has afforded me great insight into what needs to change in my morning routine. The biggest part being MINDSET.
The Lord has been challenging me in what my mind is set on in the morning. Naturally, it's my own needs or my own laziness or negativity. My mind naturally gets set on ME the minute I open my eyes. That’s a problem! So God has been speaking to me to PREACH THE GOSPEL to myself every morning I wake up, as soon as I wake up.
THOUGHTS: If the first thing I can do is to take hold of my thoughts and turn them to Christ, it’s likely that I’ll continue to do that throughout the day. If the first thing I (passively) do is to just let my thoughts go wherever they may want to go on their own, it’s likely that I will get some bad ones in there and start to lose control of my thoughts and focus for the day.
PERSPECTIVE: We have to shape our life perspective through the lens of the Gospel. If I can filter my daily circumstances through the reality that I am graciously saved by Jesus, the reality of His perfect awesomeness and love, the reality of the life He wants for me, my circumstances will look a lot better. If I don’t do this, if I forget this reality momentarily, my perspective is likely to be worried and bleak.
HUMILITY: When we think about the Gospel, it places Jesus on the throne and us at His feet and in His care. When I have Jesus set on the throne of my heart, I am much less likely to operate in pride or insecurity. Instead of placing myself on the throne and trying to serve my own needs and validate my own self, I get to live serving Jesus, worshipping him, and living for His glorification. I also am validated by Him instead of by my own personal views or performance.
PASSION: When I preach the Gospel to myself, it lights a fire in me! How amazing is our reality?! We are born in bondage to sin, but God loves us and for some reason WANTS us and so He sends Jesus to take OUR punishment for OUR sins so that by putting our faith in Him and making Him Lord of our life and repenting, we get to be saved and set into a glorious relationship with Him forever and set FREE from our bondage to sin! How would that NOT make me a person alive with passion for Jesus?! As believers we neglect that flame in our hearts sometimes but I encourage us all to fan it back into life! Read your word! Get in community!
PURPOSE: I live from the Gospel and because of the Gospel. Now that I have been saved, the treasure of my life, the foundation of my joy, is Jesus Christ. It is no longer I who lives but He lives in me! Praise God that my purpose in life is not to serve myself or to focus on me. My purpose now is that my life would glorify Him more and more and more. It no longer has to be about me. It gets to be about Him!
This is why I believe we should be preaching the Gospel to ourselves every day. Along with daily reading the Word of God, it totally transforms us and frees us!