Be a "First Responder"

As I write this on a Monday, I am well aware that THIS. IS. A. MONDAY.  After the weekend, which is usually filled with wonderful activities and opportunities to worship with the family of God, Monday always comes.

Mondays bring the realities of life in clear view for us. If we are not careful, daily life with its mundane redundancy can begin to draw out the joy of our lives. I have often said, the problem with life is that it is so daily. The same routines tend to take away our excitement, joy, and zest for life!  Even worse that that, are the unknown surprises that often happen as we begin a new week that steal away whatever hopes we may have had.

Can I encourage you today? Don't let that happen!!! (I can hear some folks now... "That's easy for you to say") Actually, it is not that easy, but we have a choice. We can choose zest! We can choose joy! We can choose excitement! These are not things or activities...they are attitudes!

I love the verse of Scripture in Philippians 4:8 that says:

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." 

In other words, choose what you are going to think about. I understand life may be tough, and it may throw some hard days and situations our way. But we can experience joy in our everyday lives!

How?...I am glad you asked...

Typically, when things come our way, when things happen in our lives...that is the moment of decision.  And if you are like me, on most days, we REACT to what happens. Instead of being a "reactor" (which can blow up, by the way), let's become a "responder" when life hits us between the eyes.

Whatever happens TO you, do not let it happen IN you!

     1.  Instead of "reacting" to things, let's (I know I need to...) adopt a posture that greets every day as a "First Responder." 

     2. To put it another way, let's take each day, as the first act of our day, to the Lord in prayer. 

     3. Give yourself and each day, again first thing, to the Lord as an act of worship. Ask for His guidance and direction for the day. Ask Him to order your steps according to His will for you.

     4. Choose, by an act of your will and with the Lord's help, to have an attitude of thanksgiving and joy no matter what happens within the day. 

Becoming a "responder" instead of a "reactor" begins before stuff happens. First responders train before the situation gets bleak. Begin your training today. (I think I just heard someone say, "I have, and I didn't make it that far..." - wait, I think I said that)

I've got good news! It's never too late to begin again!!!  I'm rooting for you! You can do this! I promise...it won't be easy...but it WILL be worth it. Your Heavenly Father will make sure of it!

I've gotta run, 
Pastor Dave