05 April 2006

Devotional Morning

In Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes:
  • For Christians the beginning of the day should not be burdened and oppressed with besetting concerns for the day's work. At the threshold of the new day stands the Lord who made it. All the darkness and distraction of the dreams of night retreat before the clear light of Jesus Christ and his wakening Word. All unrest, all impurity, all care and anxiety flee before him. Therefore, at the beginning of the day let all distraction and empty talk be silenced and let the first thought and the first word belong to him to whom our whole life belongs. 'Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light" (Eph. 5:14). With remarkable frequency the Scriptures remind us that the men of God rose early to seek God and carry out His commands, as did Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and Joshua . . . Some rise early because of restlessnes and worry; the Scriptures call this unprofitable: 'It is vain for you to rise up early . . . to eat the bread of sorrows' (Psalms 127:2). But there is such a thing as rising early for the love of God. This was the practice of the men of the Bible.

2 Comments:

Blogger Dan said...

Good thought, but what about when work is at 0300? Rising earlier there is only going to make me more groggy...just a thought.

06 April, 2006 20:06  
Blogger Dolly said...

OF course waking at oh-dark-thiry SUCKS to no end, but you've gotta wake up to eat breakfast, shave, and brush your teeth. You can definitely add a few more minutes on mission days to get your reading done--unless you do it while you're waiting to step to the jet.

On every other normal workday, it's definitely a good thing. Every successful doctor and person that I know, EVERY ONE wakes up mega early (4:30, 5:00) every single day to start their time with God, to meditate and to pray, and do their morning routine which usually incorporates some form of exercise. These folks impact the lives of so many patients, yet they realize it doesn't work unless their foundation every morning is grounded in the Word.

06 April, 2006 23:41  

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