As I mentioned in this post, one of my rituals upon getting up in the morning is to boil the kettle, mix myself a cup of coffee, and sit myself down at the table overlooking the garden with my journal and my Bible. I read a verse, dwell on it, and write down my meditation on what it says and how I can apply it to my life.
In the past, I was a voracious self-help book reader. I spent tons of money on hardbound books that promised to guide me to improve my attitude, set lofty goals and become a better, happier person. But each time, I admit tossing the books aside, only to search for advice “that actually worked.” I have since learned there is one book that not only intrigues me but inspires, entertains and empowers me. Yup, the Good Book. A study of the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis vis a vis the Bible a few years ago really piqued my interest, and ever since I have been hooked on re-discovering the book I once read as a child.
We are never too old to rediscover Bible stories. You may surprise yourself when you find the relevance the stories have in your daily life. And how reading and reflecting will give you hope and refreshment. It’s like coffee to me – there’s always that kick I need to get my day going, courtesy of God’s word.
How do you start your day? What ritual do you do to get “clicked in” and ready to tackle what needs to be done?
For the Word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12