Sweets have always been a great temptation of mine. You call it; cookies, pies, cakes, or cobblers I can loose count of the calories I consume when enjoying them. The difference between an ordinary cake and an extraordinary cake are the quality of the ingredients. I mean come on, you know the difference between a Betty Crocker cake and grandma’s chocolate delights. And while we’ve heard the old age adage, “what you put in is what you will get out” somehow we do not equate that same school of thought to our spiritual lives.
II Corinthians 9:6 says, “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” Another scripture that defends my point is Proverbs 1:31, “they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.” Simply put, we have to be intentional about our inputs since they determine our output. Intentionality must be utilized in doing life. If we want our outcome to be extraordinary, we have to put some extra on our ordinary. Put some extra time into your weekly family planning, extra effort into your spiritual development, extra love into your marriage, and extra sacrifice in achieving your goals.
Each week during the month of March, I want to challenge you to put the EXTRA in your ordinary. Seeing you live an extraordinary life will not occur by happen stance. This week’s EXTRAordinary challenge is to:
Fall in love with the dawn of the day
How magnificent is the beauty of a sunrise? How calming and reassuring are the morning sounds of birds chirping? With extra time in the morning decide how best to use that time. Your extra time can be devoted to time with God, a morning prayer walk, meditating on scriptures, or preparing for the day ahead.
Psalm 143:8 “Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.“
Psalm 119:148 “My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise.“
Proverbs 31:15 “She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens.“
There hasn’t been a day when I have intentionally decided to rise early to take authority over my day with prayer, meditation, planning, and taking care of my body that I regretted it. As you take the extraordinary steps to fall in love with the dawn of the day, know that an extraordinary life is within reach.
Comment below with either how you will use your extra time in the morning or what you will do to ensure you get up in the morning.