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  • Paul Andrews: Set the tone

  • Simple exercises that set the tone for the day
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  • Anyone who competes in athletic competition knows how important it is to set the tone. Statistics show that even among evenly matched teams, the team to score first and get off to an early lead has a very high chance to win. Boxers know how important it is to “establish the jab” right away against a hard punching opponent. Whatever the sport, the importance of getting off to the right start is vital.
    In life, there are forces that are for us and there are forces that are against us. God’s desire is for us to live life to the full, John 10:10. We do however have an enemy and even our own moods can fight against us. What we need to do is set the tone for the day. You do not have to let the fact that you “Woke up on the wrong side of the bed” cause you to live out a jacked up day. You can choose to set the tone. You do not have to let your moods, feelings, emotions dictate to you how the day will go. Set the tone.
    Here’s what I do that helps me. First I say, “This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Many times when I wake up, I don’t want to say it. I feel inward, self centered and want to just curl up on the couch and recover from waking up. But I have learned that when I start off the day saying that scripture again and again that eventually my mind and heart connect with the reality of the verse. I will start rejoicing and I will be glad in the promise of a new day. I will set the tone.
    The next thing I do is make a good stiff cup of coffee. I know that’s not real spiritual but that’s what I do.
    After that I do a short exercise routine just to get the blood pumping a bit. If I were to go right to the bible here I might fall asleep. What I do is run up and down the stairs about 10 times. This really wakes me up.
    Then I take some time to read the scriptures, pray and meditate on the goodness of God and his promises. This helps me set the tone. The first score of the day happens for God and his kingdom. Setting the tone like this does not guarantee that I will have a great day. It does not cause things to magically work out where nothing bad happens. It does not guarantee that I will do everything right. But it does set the tone. It does increase my chances to have a God glorifying, God honoring day. I triple dog dare you to do this. Take this challenge and see if you do not start racking up some more victories by some simple exercises that set the tone for the day.
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    Paul Andrews is the pastor of Life Church of Augusta. Contact him at: pastorpaul@lifechurchoftheplains.com

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