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Good Mornin'!

Posted Thursday, February 14, 2013, at 7:37 AM

Sometimes I'll say "Good Morning" to someone only to get a response akin to "What's so good about it?" or "Yeah, right" or some such neutral or negative response. I guess I'd have to admit that some days I feel that way. Some mornings it takes a great deal of effort to just get going.

For instance, at the office one morning this week I was having a rough time getting motivated. I was surprised that the first three co-workers I came into contact with were having the same "slow" morning.

I think we all have those days.

I've come to believe that it does not matter if we struggle to get going in the morning; what matters is how we handle that sluggishness. One way to overcome it, I believe, is to literally list the things we are glad for that day. It's kind of like "counting your blessings."

Here are just a few of the things I am glad about today:

*I have a family that loves me.
*I have a lovely wife.
*I was able to get upright in a relatively short amount of time this morning.
*I saw the muted light through the window and realized the sun was rising for another day.
*I heard the rain on the windows outside (a very welcome sound around here these days).
*I have a job to go to each day that helps to provide for our needs (and many of our wants).
*I have a church family that cares about me.
*We have friends that care about our family.
*Our kids are all doing well.
*The car started today.
*God is still on the throne.

As I said -- these are just a few of the things that made it a "good" morning this morning. It's not an exhaustive list, but you get the idea.

So ... When morning comes and you feel like it's going to be "one of those days," change it around by calling to mind those good things you face each day. It'll help you face the day with a smile, and may well put a skip in your step.

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Bob Stewart is pastor of Union Baptist Church. His long-running column ranges in topic from matters of faith to observations about life in Saline County, politics and the sights to see in travels throughout America.
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