I’ve been getting up early enough to watch the sunrise lately.
Part of it has been commitment and self-discipline to start the day off right… part of it has been the fact that our new puppy doesn’t sleep past 5:30 or so.
Anyway, my day can get really fast-paced and hectic pretty quickly with meetings, appointments, project deadlines, work, home, family obligations, and then, on top of it, the daily flow of ministry tasks and community organizations tasks.
But at 5:30 in the morning things are still slow, sane, and quiet. I can sit and watch the sunrise, drink my coffee and really feel thankful for all that God has done and is doing in my life and in the world. The early morning and its slow and quiet pace is very conducive to thankfulness, while the hustle and bustle of the day can quickly drown thankfulness in the quick flood of stressful tasks, worries, and obligations.
Getting up early may not be for everyone… but we should all find a little quiet time each day to remember to be thankful. And this goes not only for each ‘day’ but each season. How many of us will completely miss ‘the joy of the season’ because we are too stressed and busy.
Let us come into God’s presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to God with songs of praise! (Psalm 95:2)
God wants us to be thankful… not just for God’s sake, but because it’s better for our own health and sanity as well.