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COLUMN: Getting breakfast right

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By Jon Rohr

Are you a breakfast person? I generally am not, and I think I pay the price for it. Now don’t get me wrong, I love breakfast, I just rarely take the time to eat it.  And I can hear some of you now saying, “Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day..”
I think that is probably true. I know that when I eat a good breakfast I tend to eat less the rest of the day. My problem is two-fold, first, I usually don’t stop to eat anything; second, when I do eat, I tend to grab quick junk.  Doughnuts or Pop-Tarts do not really a breakfast make.
When I start the day with the right nutrition, it gets my body off to a good start. I am less tired during the day and less likely to overeat at lunch or dinner.
In 1 Timothy, Paul tells us that “physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things…” (1 Timothy 4:8 NIV). So, breakfast or taking care of my body the right way does have value, but even more valuable is time spent with God.
How do you start your day? I hope you have breakfast, but that should be only one part of our daily routine. Most of us get up and grab a shower, brush our teeth, things like that.  Many folks can’t live without their first cup of coffee, it is vital. But does God fit into your morning routine?
Now I know mornings can get rushed. Getting ready for work, getting the kids off to school, hitting the snooze button for just another 10 minutes can all cramp our morning time. But maybe it would make our whole day run better if we could just rearrange a little.  The Psalmist says, “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation” (Psalms 5:3 NIV).
Wouldn’t you like to start each day waiting in expectation to see what God is going to do?  A few minutes with the Lord each morning sets a new tone for the day. Opening his word, offering our prayers gives us a new perspective. It open possibilities and changes our outlook on the day. I don’t know about you, but I need God on my side every day. He loves you; invite him to be a part of your morning.