I am not a morning person. I admit it. I love my warm, cozy covers and dozing in and out of dreamland. When I do arise, I need quiet, pensive, grounding time before I can be active. My husband on the other hand, wakes up with vigor and can be quite chatty! It's been a balancing act for both of us (probably more give on his part than on mine) for the past seventeen years!
Recently I read this title of a talk by Elder Russel M. Nelson, "Joy Cometh in the Morning." Though this talk is really on the aspects of repentance and forgiveness, just the title struck me in a new light. "Joy Cometh in the Morning." Huh. That is a beautiful phrase!
In stake conference last weekend our stake president said, "Every morning I wake up and I have a choice. What kind of day will it be today? Will I do what is expected of me?"
I wondered about my own mornings and reflected on a similar post I'd written awhile back (guess I'm not a very quick learner). Pondering on this talk title, I asked myself, " Do I find joy in the morning?"
I love bedtime! I sink down into my bed at night, exhausted from the day's activities, so grateful for the opportunity to finally rest! When I wake up am I already thinking about going back to bed? Why would I hang on to the exhaustion rather than allow myself to be rejuvenated by the rest I was so grateful to receive?
The Lord gives us days to live. Days. 24 hours. Each morning we have the opportunity to find joy. Each morning is a fresh start to become whoever we want and need to become. Do I find joy in the morning? Do you?
It's just a question I'm pondering today.