Recently I was looking at mugs for sale on Amazon. Here were a few of the more popular ones:
- But first, coffee.
- I don’t do mornings.
- I don’t like morning people. Or mornings. Or people.
- One fun thing to do in the morning is not talk to me.
These mugs were humorous in a snarky way, but my second thought was, is this what we are projecting to the world in the early morning hours?
Apparently, I am not the only one who is not a morning person. I have never been, and maybe I never will be.
My work schedule is not conducive in my trying to be a morning person either. I work after hours during the evening shift in a hospital, so I get home late at midnight. On a good day, I get to bed late at 1:15 a.m. On a bad day, I’m still recovering the next morning from the night before.
But these are not excuses to be an unloving person in the morning. I have had to make a conscious effort to not be grouchy to my husband when I first wake up. I’m better at this now after much intentionality and time soaking in the Word in the mornings, but I still fail miserably on certain days.
The Bible never fails to lift my mood, so I am ready to start my day after I read it. The danger zone is the short time between stumbling out of bed, making my favorite English Breakfast tea, and sitting down to read my Bible.
Moments of Weakness
What are the words that come out of our mouths to our family members before our morning beverage of choice? What are the words that come out of our mouths to God?
Perhaps, unlike me, you are a morning person, and the evening hours are the more challenging time for you.
Regardless of the time of day, I am reminded of James 3:9-10: “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be” (NIV). Our ability to love people should not depend on the time of day, but it frequently does.
Let us be mindful of our times of weakness, choosing to love with more intentionality and deliberate care for those around us. We can choose to praise God right when we open our eyes—and ask for His help to be kind to our family members. This is a prayer that He would be glad to answer.
Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” He gives us the power to do the opposite of what our grouchy selves feel like.
Fortunately, we have a loving and merciful God, who forgives us when we do fail. As I clicked through more Amazon pages, I was encouraged by less snarky mugs:
- With God all things are possible.
- Do all things in love.
- Today I will choose joy.
- His mercies are new every morning.
I chose my morning mug based on one of my favorite sayings: Enjoy the journey.
What does your morning mug say to the world? What would you like it to say? Ask God to help make it a reality.
“I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.” Psalms 34:1 (NIV)
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.”