Rise and shine?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Perhaps, God in his wisdom has made choosing a special gift, something that we can use to not only benefit ourselves but others as well?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

Even though I went to bed late last night, over an hour past my usual bedtime, I awoke at my usual appointed time of 4:00. For some reason my body clock goes off every morning at 4:00, probably because that is the time I’ve gotten up at for many years. Each day as I open my groggy eyes I am confronted with the same thought. Should I stay in bed and go back to sleep? Some choice? As I get older, by the way, the stay has gotten a whole lot easier than the get. In a way, however, its like a wake-up call from above. “Good morning! This is your morning wake-up call. I have things for you to do today.” And so it goes for me every morning around 4:15. “Good morning, Lord! Thanks for the call.”

God has chosen to give us many choices in life, including what time we choose to get out of bed in the morning. In his wisdom he has made choosing a special gift, something that we can use to not only benefit ourselves but others as well.

Here’s a thought from Drew Stephens: “My favorite Christmas present was given to me by my mother-in-law in 1982. The gift that she gave me is a wedding ring. It was the set that her husband had given her on their engagement. He had died in 1978, and she graciously gave to me. She gave it to me with the understanding that I would in turn give it to her daughter, Rebecca. However, I was free to use it as I wished. I could have sold the diamonds and melted down the platinum, and used the money from the rings on myself. I chose to use it for the purpose for which it was given. Nineteen years ago, I gave this ring to Rebecca and asked her to be my wife. I have never regretted that decision. That ring offered promise. It represented a life of joy and fulfillment with my bride. What that ring promised has been fulfilled a thousand times over and in ways I could have never of dreamed of. (Drew Stephens, Sermoncentral.com)

Like that ring, God has given us a gift for which he has a designed and intended purpose; that gift is our lives. His intent is that our lives be eternally joined to his Son, Jesus Christ. But God has given us the freedom to use our lives as we choose, not as he wills. Much like that ring, we can take its value and spend it on ourselves. We can pursue a life of pleasure and selfishness. We can pursue other gods, or we can give our lives to Jesus. The choice is ours to make. So, “Good Morning! This is brief devotion is your divine wake-up call today! It is my little way to remind you that “God has things for you to do!” It’s sometimes a difficult choice. Often it is so tempting to take the easy path and not worry too much about what God might want us to do today. Think about this though, that little bothersome task that God may have asked you to do for him today might be the source of multiple blessings touching your life and those around you. Who knows? Rise and shine and discover where God wants you to go today.

We pray. Heavenly Father, every day is a new challenge, filled with good and bad, easy and hard, and so many other opposing forces. Sometimes just staying in bed and not facing the challenges that life presents seems the better choice. Forgive us Lord when we fail to see that just having the choice to get out of bed is a blessing, and everything just moves on from there. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to "This Passing Day!" <markcbrunner@thispassingday.com>

God bless you for Jesus sake.

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