FROM THE PASTOR'S PORCH: Get dressed and eat your breakfast!!
I can still hear my mother's words ringing in my ears, “get dressed and get in here; breakfast is almost ready”. When I heard those words, you know it didn't take me long to get around. I'm kind of a morning person anyway and I always wake up hungry. Imagine that!?! Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and my mother always made, every day, exactly what I wanted....BISCUITS & GRAVY!!! Yes siree; my mother always made those big ole homemade cat-head biscuits and and the best gravy you ever lapped a lip on. Add to that some form of hog meat and a country boy's day started off just right. My mother had an old Missouri word she used to describe her breakfast; It was Laripin!! That's pronounced Lair-u-pun and it means Delicious with a capital “D”!! I'm here to tell ya, the “breakfast of champions” did NOT come in a bowl of cereal!!
You may not be a morning person and you may not even like breakfast, but most people do start their day by clothing themselves and partaking of some sort of nutrition to get themselves going. We leave our homes in the morning fully dressed and nourish our physical bodies because we know that's what we need to do to have a successful day. And yet many times we start our day with our mind naked and our Spirit starving. I wish folks would learn that their Spiritual life controls their Emotional and Physical life. Our lives would be so much better if we would start our day by seeking the face of Jesus. This practice allows us to “clothe” our mind and “wear” Jesus all day long. The sooner you put Jesus on by communicating with Him, the better that your day is going to go.
To “wear Jesus” basically means to have His mind and to be thinking HIS thoughts. We also need to ask the Holy Spirit to feed our starving mind and control our thinking. This is what Paul was talking about when he spoke of being transformed and renewed from within. This process will make you well equipped to be able to handle anything that people or circumstances may bring your way. Clothing your mind with Jesus and Feeding your Soul with His Holy Spirit is the best preparation you can have to start your day. This discipline will not only bring PEACE and JOY into your life, but also into the lives of those around you.
My prayer for you today is that you will always start your day communicating with Jesus; clothing your mind with His Presence and His thoughts. I pray you will have a wonderful Spiritual breakfast and feed your Soul with His “laripin” HOLY SPIRIT!! If you start your day in this manner, you will surely find that God will guide and protect your footsteps all the day long. Praise the Lord and please pass the biscuits!!! ~Pastor Lynn