Which are you? Do you begin your day with a prayer like, “Good morning, God😊” or “Good God, it’s morning☹
In his 1989 bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey wrote that effective people “Begin with the end of mind.” In essence, this principle states that everything one does is done twice – first in the mind, and then, outside.
Imagine two people. Both have to leave home for work at 7:30 a.m. Person 1 gets up at 6:00 a.m., takes 30 minutes for self [e.g., relaxes in a comfortable chair, listens to soothing music, enjoys a cup of their favorite drink, meditates over the Bible, pets their cat or dog, completes bathroom chores], wakes up the family close to 6:30 or 6:45, enjoys breakfast, and is ready to head out by 7:25 a.m.
Person 2’s alarm goes off at 7:00 a.m., followed by the snooze button assault a dozen times. They jump out of bed at 7:15, rush to the bathroom, screams for everyone to get up, complains that they can’t find their matching socks, grabs a doughnut or banana to eat in the car, jumps into the car, finds another vehicle parked behind their’s, orders that to be moved, and screeches out of the driveway at 7:44 a.m.
It’s not rocket science to guess which of the two will have a better day. The first one wanted to have a good day and began the day accordingly. Isn’t a less-stress life about good planning (in the mind) and great execution (outside)?
One way to have a NICE day is to meditate on a great Bible promise in the morning. Here’s one: Be strong! Be fearless! Don’t be afraid and don’t be scared by your enemies, because the Lord your God is the one who marches with you. He won’t let you down, and He won’t abandon you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
How do you start your day? That could largely determine if you have a NICE day. —