A conversation worth thinking on starts with the question:
What is good and perfect?
This is not easy to answer.
Humanity is in a constant battle with things which create havoc and harm. In reality, the imperfections, wrongs, and injustices of this world leave little room to find anything remotely close to good and perfect.
I’ve instituted three morning soul-exercises in my life to help me think and see the good and perfect of the day.
- I intentionally think and pray: “God, you have allowed me to live another morning. I do not take this for granted. Thank you.”
- I underline my wholehearted love for God by saying the words David said as he told the story of his life in Psalm 18: “I love you, Lord; you are my strength.”
- I mentally walk through my day (with a cup of coffee) and thank God for the big and small details. I end with the words from the ending of Psalm 30 (TPT) “I can never thank you enough!” (“Vision: The Gift,” )
- I surrender all as Jesus said, “Not my will, but yours: I will go where you lead me to go. I will do what you lead me to do
This morning routine is a best practice for all ages. I encourage you to not only try it for yourself but encourage the kids in your life to do it by doing it with them.
As with anything, it takes repetition to make it a long-lasting routine.
Listen . . .
Think On This . . .
Complaining is habitual, contagious, and difficult to stop.
Complaining is a way to avoid taking ownership of a problem, often related to gossip, and a symptom of ungratefulness.
Ultimately, complaining creates soul-deep uncertainty while gratefulness shifts us to the certainty of the good and perfect work of God.
Choose to stop complaining. Be grateful. Focus on the good and perfect work of God.
Perspective . . .
Every gift God freely gives us is good and perfect, streaming down from the Father of lights, who shines from the heavens with no hidden shadow or darkness and is never subject to change (James 1:17 (TPT)).
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