The Jesus Way to Start Your Day – March 7, 2016

If you’ve known our family for very long then you might be familiar with the dog we have, Princess. She is our little sheltie who used to be quite spunky when she was younger. The older she gets, the less spunky she gets, especially in the mornings. I usually get up early before anyone else, and when I go into our walk-in closet off of our bedroom where she sleeps, there she is…a definitely “unspunky” Princess.

I usually find her sprawled out in the floor. She’s awake but that’s about all. Her head, eyes and ears droop and she lays there unresponsive until I begin to talk to her. As soon as she hears my voice and knows that her master is up and stirring, she suddenly comes alive and stands and stretches wagging her tail expecting me to take her outside.

Now my day begins when the alarm goes off but not Princess. No, her day begins when she sees her master.

Our word for today from the Word of God comes from the personal writings of a man God called the man after His own heart, David. Psalm 42:1-2 – “As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” See, David has this driving desire to get one on one time with God. It’s like a thirst that demands to be quenched. It reminds me of our dog and what motivates her. She lives to be with her master. Her day doesn’t start until she has been with her master.

Now, we’ve been wired by our Heavenly Father to feel that same way about our relationship with Him. My day doesn’t start until I’ve been with You, Master. If we really believe that, then we’ve had a lot of days that have effectively never really gotten started. Right? We never really found time to meet with God did we? Actually, found time isn’t how it works. We never really reserved time to be with our Master.

Now, what happens when you do get with Him? Well, David says later in this Psalm, “My tears have been my food day and night,” and he says, “I pour out my soul.” When you meet with God you empty out the real feelings in your soul, not so He can find out about them, He already knows, but so His power and love are turned loose on healing them.

And then there’s hope for each new day. David says when he seeks the Lord (verse 5), “Why are you so downcast, O my soul?…Put your hope in God for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.” You see, pain gets recycled into praise. When you meet with your Master, the anxiety is replaced with peace as you remember how big He is compared to what you’re worrying about. You discover the Lord’s leading for this new day like a dog finding out where his master is going so he can follow. A master launch of your day takes you to the cross with yesterday’s sin to receive the mercies that are new every morning. And so you get an early spiritual shower and you start the day clean.

Maybe you’ve had too many days where you have sunk emotionally, relationally, spiritually. You’re basically sleep-walking through the day, or like Princess you’re just moping around with nothing to get moving for. You’ve started your day with Snapchat, Twitter or Facebook, or with a stressful “to do” list in your head, with people other than your master.

Instead, start with Him, talk to Him, listen to Him first, review verses about Him, fill up on music and praise about Him. Load up on Jesus in the launching moments of your day and keep a reserved time in your morning schedule to sit down and just be with Jesus, letting him show you His perspective on that day with His word. And that time has got to be the most non-negotiable part of your schedule. The one time in your day that cannot be cancelled. The one time nobody else can have.

After all, even a dog knows it isn’t much of a day without your master. Time with Jesus is what really starts and what really energizes your day!

Have a “Wonderful DAY in Christ,”

Pastor Terry

Family Worship Center

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