Give Us This Day

I didn’t want to get up today. It is my day off–and I wanted to sleep in. Besides, I knew that even though it is my day off, I had work to do. I did not feel inspired.

But I got up anyway–remembering Ted Kennedy. Besides, Jonathan wanted me to go with him on a walk, and it was the only time I could be with him until fairly late this evening.

After our walk, I went to my study to pray.

And in a meditation book, I read this from Zig Ziglar, the corporate excellence guru: “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.”

My greatest motivator is God–as Bruce Boardman wrote yesterday about our “cheering section”–and daily prayer is how I receive not only the motivation but also the coaching I will need for the day.

breadsWe pray: give us this day our daily bread.

The day is God’s gift. And so is the bread, namely the motivation, the direction, the love, the hope, the courage, the wisdom that God provides.

I am glad I got up this morning to receive these gifts . . .  and to learn more about using them.