Starting the Day off Right

Over the past few months I’ve been trying to fine tune my little habits and orient them towards Jesus. Mother Teresa used to say that we should focus on performing “little acts of great love,” and I really and truly strive to do that in my personal relationship with Jesus.

One little thing I’ve been working on over the past 6 months, is changing my morning habits. Specifically, making sure the first thing I do in the morning is pray. Usually, and honestly most of the time, my alarm goes off, I go to turn it off, and then spend 5-10 minutes on my phone. By the time I snap back to reality and realize I have places to go and things to do, I’m rushing out of bed to get ready and end up neglecting my prayer.

I wonder how different my life would be if the first thing I did every single day was consecrate the day to Jesus and Mary? Surely it would help me in my pursuit of orienting everything I do towards Jesus. If I start out the day with prayer, then I’m sure there is a better chance the rest of my day will be prayerful and focused on Jesus.

Beginning our day with a message from social media and the internet, probably isn’t the best way to reaffirm us of who we are and who be belong to. It’s definitely hard to not look at our phones, because they play so many different roles for us like alarm clock, GPS, mailbox, telephone, etc. But one role phones don’t play, is that of our Lord and Savior Jesus.

In a world where eyes are constantly fixed to screen, I invite you all to fix your eyes upon Jesus. Let His light shine on your face first thing in the morning and may you lay down for sleep at night at peace in His love. Even if we don’t have time for a long prayer, if we could all just begin the day with the simple prayer below, I’m positive that we will be able to remain more fully in His love. Our lives will no longer be in sync to the sound of text messages going off, but instead to the beautiful rhythm of the heart of Jesus.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for this day, your love, and your cross. May Resurrection Joy be with me every step of this day, and may everything I do be consecrated to you. Amen 

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