“I know there are days when it’s all you can do to get out of bed or get out the door. But within those hurried minutes, there are holy moments. Like time, you don’t find them. You make them. . . . Eating the frog is making time for the important things over and above the urgent things.”- Mark Batterson
As Mark Batterson moves on in Chapter 5 of Win the Day, he notes that we need to evaluate our routines with a degree of frequency. Because it’s easy for our well-designed routines to become second nature.
Thus, Pastor Batterson takes a closer look at the morning routine. Ironically, Mark observes, the morning routine actually begins the night before – when you go to bed. The ancient rhythm of the Jewish clock began at sundown, not at the crack of dawn. Most significantly, we find that sequence in the Genesis creation story: “There was evening and there was morning.”
Hence, this counterclockwise rhythm possesses the potential to revolutionize your life. So, to win the day, start at sundown. As a result, you see the rhythm of day and night for what is really is, a gift from God. Each day you get to start over!
In addition, Mark sees good sleep as good stewardship. Going to sleep with a grateful heart enhances your REM cycles. And prayer serves as your punctuation mark at the end of the day.
Finally, the author stresses, to win the day, get a small win right out of the gate. For example, do seven minutes of meditation. Or read one chapter of the Bible. Yet, Mark observes, the most important things are the hardest things to measure. How do you measure joy unspeakable or the peace that passes understanding? To what degree do you trust God’s timing or rest in His grace? However, nothing’s more important than our spiritual vital signs.
Today’s question: How do you make holy moments in the midst of life’s hurried minutes? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “A dream without a deadline”