I’ve always been a fan of “momentum”. Well, not scientifically of course because I hate physics, but practically speaking. What I mean is I have always been fascinated about finding ways to give minimal effort but get maximum return. Yeah, okay… I’m lazy. Are you happy now? I am a push the rock downhill kind of person, if you know what I mean. So I wanted to find out if there was any truth to the saying, “If you meet God in the morning, He’ll be with you throughout the day,” which is an old song my grandmother used to sing. Is it possible to impact your whole day by paying close attention to your attitude and actions the first hour or so after you wake? It was worth finding out… Momentum…
First, I went to science (didn’t I say I hated science?). Researchers at the University of Nottingham and the National Institute of Education discovered that “willpower” like any other muscle gets fatigued after a period of exertion. That’s why they suggest that you and I try to make all-important decisions about the whole day early in the morning. Write them down and share them publicly. By doing so, you can set in motion the agenda for your day when you are most alert. Decisions like, “I’m going to eat right the whole day” or “I’m not going to engage in any morally questionable behavior today”. When you map out your day early, it has a way of helping you stay focused even when you are mentally fatigued … Momentum …
Next, I researched what successful people do with their mornings. I started with Steve Jobs, of course, since Apple is, in my opinion, the greatest company on earth. Jobs once shared that:
“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
Benjamin Franklin, who was one of this country’s founding fathers, would ask himself this question every morning:
“What good shall I do today?”
Zig Zilar, a great motivational speaker said,
“What you do during the first hour of every day impacts the next three days of your life.” Wow.
Finally, I went to the most successful person I know. Yep, you guessed it, Jesus. Mark 1:35 (NAS): “In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.” In fact, almost all of the greats in scripture (Joshua, Isaiah, Samuel, Moses, Abraham, David, Paul) seem to have a morning routine that propelled their days to greatness.
So whether you are a morning person like me, or a night owl, you have to start your day at some time and I suggest that you start it with a bang. Invite God into your day early with prayer and devotions. Eat a good breakfast, and get that body engaged as soon as possible. Perhaps you will discover like I have that mornings are not only wonderful but a profitable kick-start to the rest of your day.