Today’s guest post is from Landen Melton, the founder of Devotable. He shares 4 practical tips for starting your day off right, encouraging us to have a Godly attitude throughout the entire day by choosing to make just a few simple alterations to our morning routines.
My name is Landen. I’m the founder of Devotable, a daily devotion project where we bring together over 100 authors, writers, and bloggers to create Christian devotional content to help you connect with God daily.
I used to buy into the reasoning that whenever you have time for Bible study, worship, and prayer is when you should do it. You don’t have to get it done first thing in the morning. We’re all busy people, so just do it when you can.
I lived most of my 20’s like this and suffered for it. My relationship with God suffered, my connection with others suffered, as did my knowledge and faith in the Lord.
You see, there is something special about starting the day off right with a Godly attitude that only worship, Bible study, and prayer can achieve. Starting off with that powerful trio sets the mood and tone for the rest of the day.
I’d like to give you 4 practical tips for starting your day off right and how you can have a Godly attitude throughout your entire day with just a few simple alterations to your morning routine.
For years I overlooked the importance of worship in my daily devotion and study time. The reason that worship is usually done at the beginning of a church service is to place your attitude and heart toward God. It’s an emotional time that is meant to get your spirit and mind in the right direction and focused on God.
I’d heard this before but never realized the power of worship in my personal study and devotion. Now, before each Bible study and devotion reading in the morning, I listen to praise and worship music. This sets the tone of my study and devotion time.
If you don’t already, I encourage you to try and start your morning off with a song. Pick your favorite artist or songs. Put them into a playlist, wake yourself with them or play them in the morning while you’re getting ready. You will be amazed at the power of praise to start your day off right.
Study God’s Word
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
God’s Word is so powerful, it stands on its own. There isn’t anything that needs to be said more or added to God’s Word. Read it! Let it penetrate your mind and spirit. Let it cut and remove pieces of your life, attitude, habits, commitments, and time that need to be altered.
You don’t need to read two chapters each morning for this to happen. You don’t even need to read two verses. Don’t get caught up in the trap of guilt because you can’t read a full chapter or two. Read a single verse, apply it, or read a whole chapter. The point being, get a dose of God’s Word each morning and allow it to penetrate your mind and thoughts.
Apply it to Your Life
This brings us into our next point for cultivating a Godly attitude in the morning. Apply what you just read!
Many people read God’s Word and fail to apply it. It’s like when you read a whole page of a book and have no idea what you just read because your mind and thoughts were elsewhere. Don’t fall into that trap.
Read God’s Word, meditate on it and its context. Figure out how the verse, verses, or chapter applies to modern society (because it does) and act on it.
Scripture often challenges us to act. So realize that faith without action is futile. Act on God’s Word and apply it to your life daily.
Prayer is the lifeblood that holds everything together. Without it, there wouldn’t be life. A body can have all its parts, but without blood, it ceases to function. Prayer is like that in our spiritual life.
We can have all the parts and pieces together. We can do all the things mentioned above and more, but if we don’t have communication with the Father, it’s all for nothing.
End your morning with a prayer to Him. If you don’t know how to pray or have problems praying, realize that the Holy Spirit inside you knows how to interpret your prayers to the Father. We don’t have to have all the words, we just have to have the right attitude and intent in prayer.
Putting It All Together
As I created Devotable, I wanted to bring some of these things together. I wanted to create something that was always based in God’s Word, was applicable to everyday life, and would end with a prayer. So with Devotable, I want to create devotions with that in mind and I believe our authors do a great job of expounding on Scripture, telling and applying their stories to our lives, and ending with an application or prayer for our morning.
These spiritual disciplines will not, in and of themselves, make me a better Christian or person. But by doing them, I start to cultivate habits that create a new mindset and start the morning off with a Godly attitude, ready to face the world as it hurls its darts at me.
I challenge you to try them. If you can set aside even 15 minutes in the morning to do these things, whether you develop a routine of your own or use a Devotable daily devotion to accomplish that, I know you’ll be blessed for it. Your walk, faith, and daily attitude will begin to reflect the God you serve and His light will shine in you each and every day.
Landen Melton is a web developer by trade and online entrepreneur by passion. He is the owner and creator of Devotable, an online Christian daily devotion project. Together with over 100 talented writers, they create inspiring devotions that help encourage believers and share the good news of Jesus Christ daily.