Would you define the way you wake up as glorious? What if you could? What if I could tell you how?
By definition glorious means having a striking beauty that evokes feelings of delighted admiration. Ahhhhh yeah, wouldn’t you like to wake up like that? Wake up to striking beauty and feel absolutely delighted? But maybe you didn’t wake up that way at all today. Instead of delight you felt dread. Instead of beauty you noticed burdens. But Sis, it doesn’t have to be this way. It not only doesn’t have to be this way, God doesn’t intend for it to be this way.
Your body follows your thoughts wherever they go. If you tell yourself you’re exhausted, then you no doubt feel exhausted. If you tell yourself you can’t, then typically you’re absolutely right, you can’t. Remember the power your creator placed in your own thoughts (Proverbs 23:7 “As a man thinketh, so is he”).
If you think you’re stuck, if you think you’re miserable, if you think you’re doomed, all of these thoughts will create feelings that confirm your thoughts to be true. Then you have yourself a potentially glorious day that feels more like a grind.
For many years my morning alarm ringtone was a song called “Glorious” by Maclamore. Nope it’s not Christian music and yet here I am as a lover of Jesus who know every word and I can rap it with the best of them. The words to the song helped channel my thoughts, and those thoughts created feelings, which then empowered my actions. It’s a domino affect.
Here are the words:
I feel glorious, glorious
Got a chance to start again
I was born for this, born for this
It’s who I am, how could I forget?
I made it through the darkest part of the night
And now I see the sunrise
Now I feel glorious, glorious
I feel glorious, glorious
Oh yes, to feel glorious and be delighted by the striking beauty offered in this day of life. Isaiah 60:1 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.” You want a scripture for your nightstand? You want a note for your bathroom mirror? USE THAT ONE.
Here’s the MSG translation of Isaiah 60:1 to drop your name into “Get out of bed, (insert name)! Wake up. Put your face in the sunlight. God’s bright glory has risen for you.”
My favorite verse of the song says “Another morning, a morning, don’t let self get in my way.”
Another morning is exactly what you and I have been given here. A morning where the glory of the Lord rises upon you. Now that is glorious!!!!! Another morning to not let self get in the way. Oh please tell me I’m not the only one who totally gets in the way of my own self on most days. I talk myself out of doing the things I know I should do. I convince myself someway or another I’m unworthy of the good stuff in life and incapable of doing the hard stuff in life. And then I let the enemy twists God’s truths and seduce me into making stupid, impulsive decisions. Yip, in my own dang way.
Are you in your own way?
God has this great big beautiful life available for each of us and he specifically made us and equipped us with everything we would need to step into our full purpose, and we just get in our own way. How are you in your own way? Is it your negative thoughts about yourself? Ahhhh, yes for most of us it’s all in our head. We convince ourselves for some reason we can’t. We tear ourselves down then tear ourselves into pieces with our self hate and loathing, all while the creator must be tortured watching his masterpiece be torn apart.
Don’t you know YOU are his greatest masterpiece. You are his beloved creation. You’ve got to stop tearing yourself down. You’ve got to get out of your own way. How many times are we blocking our own blessings and breakthroughs by allowing fear and anger, procrastination and negative thoughts to get in the way? We grow weary and give up when it doesn’t happen fast enough for us. But the truth is, your journey may take a long time, but the time is going to pass one way or another. The time can pass as you get better and live up to your God given potential, or it can pass as you lose yourself a little more every day and sink deeper into that hole.
You have yourself another morning here my sister, don’t let self get in your way.
The next line in the song says “I’ve got my breath, I’ve got my faith, and I remember why I came.”
So here you are this morning, you’ve got your breath, you’ve got your faith, now remember why you came.
Why are you here? You’re here to live. Are you? I mean truly … are you living? This isn’t a dress rehearsal. This isn’t practice. This is game time, the real deal, the only life you get and girl you better not be standing on the sidelines watching everyone else play while your life passes you by.
With the rising of the sun this morning you’ve been given a chance to start again. You made it through the darkest part of the night and now you see the sunrise. You can feel glorious. Where do those feeling begin? They begin with your thoughts.
When you focus your thoughts on the fact that the glory of the Almighty is shining on you, life starts feeling a little more glorious.
The truth is, you haven’t been forgotten. God hasn’t given up on you or left you behind. This is all still fixable, possible, and totally figure-out-able. STOP GIVING UP, darn it. Your untapped potential to fulfill your purpose is still in you and today is another chance to rise up and live as the woman you were created to be.
And you know what it will be … it will be glorious! Not perfect … but glorious. Glorious because God has filled this day of your life with striking beauty which should cause feelings of delighted admiration.