First things first

First things first

My morning routine is very robotic. I’m up early, generally between 5-5:30 am. I make a pot of coffee, and feed Mr. Henderson (our cat), who during the coffee making process has been weaving through my ankles, rubbing and meowing in some desperate fear that this morning will somehow be unlike all the others, and I will forget to feed him. I then pour the first of what will be two cups of coffee and head downstairs to my office to start my day.

As I’m descending the stairs I have a choice to make. It’s the first difficult decision of every day. The question I must answer is this: With whom do I want to have my FIRST cup of coffee? At this point you might be wondering who exactly is in my office awaiting my decision. The answer is, God, and my computer. My natural inclination, and I must admit my preference, is to have my first cup of coffee with the computer. There I can slowly wake up by perusing the news, catching up on all that’s happening in the world.

There’s one big problem, however, with that plan. More often than not, if I have my FIRST cup of coffee with the computer, this, that, or some other thing comes along that distracts me from having my second cup of coffee with the Lord. It seems like it wouldn’t make that much difference, but trust me it does!

We know that the devil is called a liar, deceiver, and accuser. But I believe there’s another word that should be added to Satan’s wickedpedia bio. Did you catch that? “wickedpedia”… I made that up all by myself. That other word is distractor. A distractor is a person or thing that distracts someone’s attention away from something or someone else. The enemy of our soul is not only a professional distractor, but he cunningly uses many different objects to distract us. Let’s just say that he loves high-tech and social media.

We live in a world that daily pulls us away from God. If we don’t take the time every day to set a new course of abiding in Christ, our privileged relationship with Him will diminish. Abiding means allowing His Word to fill our minds, direct our wills, and transform our affections. Our relationship to Christ is intimately connected to Bible study and prayer.

So, this week make it a point to have your first cup of coffee with Christ. You’ll never be disappointed with that choice.

“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭16:11‬ ‭‬‬‬‬