One thing I realized I’ve gotten in the habit of doing that really helps in the 60-60: Every morning my first thoughts are “Good morning, Lord, what’s up for today…?” And then I hit snooze and begin to think through the day, asking God to guide me, or give me strength, or insight, or go before me. Yesterday I knew I had a big meeting to help two people reconcile a business issue, but they had been best friends, so it got all convoluted. Knowing I was facing that, I prayed that God’s Spirit would go before me in their lives, and give me wisdom. Some days it’s, “I know today’s gonna be a day of intense meetings or lots of decisions, how should I handle them?” I’ll just talk over each one with Him and ask for His will to be done, and sometimes I’ll even picture how He would want me to go into those situations.
This morning I was facing an intense day where I know I have to concentrate and create an important talk in a short amount of time. As I talked it over, I felt a peace that “You’re not alone in this, John. Let’s do it together.” That’s a great reminder that I’ve seen change my whole outlook facing a challenging day ahead. It doesn’t guarantee that the day goes my way, but it sure helps me get a head-start doing the day more His way.
One warning: Don’t try this without a “snooze” button. You’ll end up drifting back asleep, late for work, and blaming God. Bad idea! (oh…and drifting back to sleep is not a sin, but if you do it regularly you may want to find another approach!).