“I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” John 10:10b
What does God want you to do today?
Asking God that question is not the wrong way to start your day. Questions make us think. They help us connect, and they are the building stones to wisdom. When we use the internet to find out something about a business, we often click on the FAQ icon because it contains the most frequently asked questions people ask about that business. We may find what we are looking for or we can be left frustrated because our question, and therefore answer, is not there. Often we will jump to another site to continue looking for an answer because we had a question about something that concerned us.
Does how you spend today concern you?
Jesus asked His followers questions all the time. Questions such as: Did you never read the scriptures? (Matt 21:42); Can any of you, by worrying, add a single moment to your lifespan? Matt 6:27; Do you love me? (John 21:16); If I am telling you the truth, why do you not believe me? (John 8:46). He asked these questions because he was concerned about how people were going to spend their day and the day to follow and the next and even how they would spend eternity. He wanted them to ask simple questions about life so that their days would be meaningful. He wanted them to realize their purpose.
When we pray, read scripture, or talk with others about God, we can begin to understand what our days can be like. How we spend our day is a FAQ asked of God, and Jesus answered. He wants us to love Him with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind and love our neighbour as ourselves (Luke 10:27). Is it that simple?
How would we do that? We begin with a prayer of gratitude for being given today, offer encouragement and love to those we encounter, and look for God’s presence in all we see and do. When the day comes to an end, we thank Him for the blessings and ask if we can do it again tomorrow.