Mornings

To those who prefer to get up around 8:00; to those who do not really wake up until 10:00; to those who think all hours before 7:00 am are “0dark:30,” this is your verse:time-of-617162_1920

“He who blesses his friend with a loud voice early in the morning,
It will be reckoned a curse to him.”

Proverbs 27:14

Timing, as well as content, has a lot to do with true friendship. What are  you really saying when you talk to someone? I often find myself on auto-pilot, like a robot programmed with appropriate phrases. Do I truly care about the person when I ask, “how are you?” If I am only talking to fulfill an expectation, or to bug someone, my words are not a blessing!

Blessing in the morning might even be taken as a form of flattery, selfishly trying to make “brownie points.” David says it like this:

“They speak [b]falsehood to one another;
With flattering [c]lips and with a double heart they speak.”

Psalm 12:2

So instead, speaking (or not!) with a good dose of prayer is the best method of blessing someone!

As the Thessalonian church looked to the resurrection, Paul encouraged them to live like this:

“14 We urge you, brethren, admonish the[k]unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.15 See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. 16 Rejoice always; 17 pray without ceasing; 18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5:14-18

Yes, bless others with your words and acts! Live your life to do that! But while you’re blessing people, make sure to do it in a way that speaks to their needs rather than to your preferences. And for those of us who are not morning people, sometimes a rooster’s morning cry is not the best way to give us a cheery start to the day.

God, thank You for making early-birds and night-owls. Thank you for the wide variety of people in this world who love you. Please help us, as the church, to seek the best for those around us. Please help me to see how I can truly bless people, rather than focusing on what I need out of the interaction. Thank You for blessing us with a community to live and learn among! Amen.

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