Each day we roll out of bed and make our way (half awake) through the house to start our day. First it is to the coffee pot or in my case downstairs to let the dogs out of their kennels so that they can start their day. I must admit seeing their wagging tails does perk me up a bit. As far as this scenario plays out I think you know the rest, because eventually I get into my vehicle and head to work.
As that day begins each decision we make no matter how small builds upon the path we are on. For those who believe in God we believe that no matter our thoughts, it is He who guides our feet. Now this does not mean we walk around like zombies waiting for the next message to come down from God and then act upon it. This merely means that for us there are little clues or even large ones that help guide our feet; the rest is up to us to make the right decisions.
When I look at the things I decide to do, each one is a pebble to be placed in front of me that will create the road I walk on. Some pebbles are bigger or smaller, but each one nonetheless causes the road to be built.
For some people the decisions they make will be some of the hardest of their lives and it might seem like that pebble they have to place down in front of them weighs a ton. Regardless of its weight it must be put down; we are the builders of our road and at times we will have to ask for assistance.
If you find that the pebbles to be placed on your road are too heavy, know that God sent down a stone that is the bedrock your road is being created on. Jesus Christ is that foundation and with Him all things are possible. Knowing this we must also see those times when we are too weak and must ask for help; it is okay. This is exactly what God expects from us because He has already directed someone to be on your path to be that blessing. Allow them to be the instrument God has intended them to be by receiving the blessing God has intended for you through them.
So think for a moment about all the pebbles you have laid down to build the road you are on today. Is it wide enough? Is it smooth enough? Does it have a lot of curves or is it simply straight? Is it built on flat land or in the mountains? Whatever the attributes of your road; no one road is perfect. Each are unique to the builder which makes them all the more interesting, thereby making the travel on them a wonderful adventure with God.
Don’t worry about the width of the road too much because God will always make sure that there is enough room for someone to walk on beside you and behind you.
Each morning as many Americans get up out of bed and head out to the kitchen, one of the first things that they reach for are the ingredients used in making one of the most popular morning beverages found in this country and many others; Coffee.
For many of us we cannot even think remotely close to straight until the first cup of coffee has been consumed. With some of the fumbling around witnessed by many a spouse or significant other, we could probably come up with some pretty funny episodes for a comedic stage-play.
Next after the coffee might be some sort of breakfast, whatever the makeup or even none at all. Whatever the order, Coffee is used to start the day off. I believe there are also some studies out there that prove the fact that most people on the highway going to work are compared to being “buzzed” from alcohol because of their morning fogginess even after drinking coffee. Fact-check anyone?
Now that many of you are shaking your head north and south I want to take this to the next level. Should we be starting our day with God first, before the Coffee? By now some of you have caught on to the fact that I have been capitalizing the word Coffee. Why? Because we capitalize the name of God. Has coffee become our god rather that the God we all know and serve? Believe me when I say that I am right there with you. My body’s first actions or muscle memories are to go straight to the coffee pot so I must also ask the same questions of myself and I am.
So as a Christian living today what tells us that God should come before my morning coffee? Now it might easy to turn to the Ten Commandments and recite the First Commandment, but there are some verses in Matthew that make it pretty clear where God and coffee are prioritized for Christians. Matthew 22: 36 – 40 “36. ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?’ 37. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. 38. This is the first and great commandment. 39. And the second is like it; ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’. 40. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (NKJV).
My challenge to any of the followers of this blog is to first pray and worship God in the morning before our morning coffee. I would even offer that our morning coffee will taste much better after recognizing God in our lives first and it will also put our soul, mind, and body in a state ready to go through our day glorifying God. The by-product of that being joy.
Tomorrow in my coffee I will be adding a heaping spoonful of joy because a good cup of coffee does not contain sugar, creamers or any other worldly additive; it takes God first to make it great.