My morning routine always includes coffee. Admittedly mornings are my favorite personal time. I enjoy the solitude so much that it bothers me to have early appointments on my day off. I’m often selfish and don’t want to share my early hours with anyone else. Being very transparent it happens that I don’t always want to spend those moments with God either. Not really that I don’t want to spend time in prayer and study, it’s just that I sometimes choose other activities like writing or social media instead. Does that make me a bad Christian? Probably not, but it does show that I am another human still being sanctified. On the other hand there are times that my mornings are about spending time with God.
When I do spend my morning with God I tend to thank Him for His wonderful creation, and that includes coffee. Something about a well made cup of coffee does wonders for my emotional and mental health. To digress for a moment, it’s fine if you don’t drink coffee. After all nobody’s perfect. There are many ways to enjoy a cup of Joe. Some like it bold and black while others like it weak and sugary. Personally I drink my coffee strong, with cream and a little sugar. Some people put that flavored creamer stuff in their coffee but I’m pretty sure that’s sinful…….okay, it’s not sinful I just don’t like that stuff. It’s alright if you do, after all, us coffee snobs are entitled to drink it the way we want.
I am a blessed man and God allows me to have a good coffee maker and a comfortable chair to relax in. I also thank Him for my home. A warm, safe, clean house that’s a major upgrade from a tent or a cave. I thank God for the abundance of provision such as food and clothes, not everyone is as blessed as I am. It’s easy to take these things for granted though.
I noticed in the gospels that Jesus often went someplace alone early in the morning to pray. It was his alone time with the Father. It is in the early hours, before the daily struggle we call life kicks in, that sets the tone for the rest of the day. The mornings I spend praying and reading the Bible does wonders for my emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. It’s not that having a great cup of coffee and some time in prayer will magically keep anything bad from happening. It’s more like Lamentations 3:22-24 The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” When we spend our first thoughts on God’s fresh mercies the day starts off an a good note. It is much easier to face life being refreshed by the faithful love of the Lord.
Fresh coffee and fresh mercies is a great way to begin the day. Whatever your morning routine, it’s better to include the Father God in it. Have a blessed day!
Rev. Burt Schwab