I have found that when I eat heartier meals, I have a tendency to have a much better day. For the longest time, my breakfast consisted of two eggs and some bacon or sausage. Excellent foods, but at only 300 – 400 calories, it’s not exactly hearty. However, I have found when I add in say a bagel with cream cheese or a bowl of grits, my day is much better. And it’s no secret why. When my breakfast is 600 – 800 calories, I’ve got the fuel to get me through the day. I work better. I’m happier. I’m more motivated. I have more energy. I kick myself on those mornings where I don’t have a big breakfast. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I believe it rightfully true. Likewise, it’s important to start your day out with good theology.
I used to begin every single morning listening to a good theological podcast. I had a great selection that I would listen to. Issues Etc., The God Whisperers, Fighting for the Faith, The White Horse Inn, or a sermon that I had missed because I couldn’t make it to church that Sunday. But a few weeks ago, an update to my podcast software actually broke the program. Rather than immediately start looking for a new one (it’s awful trying to find just the perfect podcast software), I decided to wait until they fixed it. And I waited. And waited. And waited. And yet, still no fix. I have found because I haven’t been getting my morning theology fix, I really slumped in it overall. I’ll admit it, I haven’t been reading the scriptures nearly as much. I haven’t been keeping up on books I’ve been reading. Even my prayer has taken a hit (something I wasn’t that good at to begin with).
As I look back and compare it to my breakfast, it’s really the same thing a way. When I got in some good theology early in the morning, I got in good theology the rest of the day. I would read in the evening. I would get in prayer more often instead of off the cuff when I think about it. I would intentionally study more. I was even happier. But the times that I don’t get my morning dosage, I forget about it later. I don’t have the motivation. I don’t care as much. I’m not as happy. In fact, I start to slip into my old pre-Christian self. I need to get back into getting in good theology first thing in the morning. If that means suffering through a terrible podcast app until they fix my normal one, than so be it. But this lack of morning theology is killing me spiritually. I’m glad that I suddenly recognize it, but I’m disappointed that it took me so long.
Thankfully, tomorrow morning calls for some grits and a long drive. I should be able to get my fix.