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Jump-Start Your Day

Sunday, February 11th, '18

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HEALTHY START

"Come and eat breakfast" (John 21:12 NKJV)

 

So many cereal box ads today promote a healthy heart and healthy start. Breakfast sets the metabolic pace for the rest of the day. A healthy start starts with an "F", fruits, fiber and of course, fish. Fish? I've never had fish for breakfast except camping one time but when Jesus called His disciples to the table "they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread" (John 21:9). Okay, Jesus was anything but conventional, serving fish sandwiches for breakfast instead of Raison Bran. Must be another veiled mystery there. The fish is a symbol of Christian fellowship. You've seen the bumper sticker on believers' cars (where the fish is swallowing Darwin?). And bread represents the word of God. "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God" (Luke 4:4). So a healthy start involves both spiritual fellowship and spiritual food.

 

The breakfast nook is one of the most important rooms in any home; a view back in the woods with deer and dogwoods or toward a sunrise beach with ocean waves and orchids. All right, so you live across the tracks. Breakfast is about blood pressure. Who do you want to sit across from at the breakfast table for the rest of your life? The day should begin with peace, inspiration, a Bible devotion and a happy "good morning". But in most homes there's more scrambling than scrambled eggs at 7:00 AM. "Honey, where are the keys? I gotta go!"

 

God's promises are like pillows to lay our heads on at night, but His principles are like pillars to guide us by day. A healthy start includes all the "B" Vitamins, like "Be ye ready", "Be filled with the Spirit", "Be doers of the word and not hearers only", etc. The Bible is the breakfast of champions.

 

Hypocritical for me to say? Yes, because I neglect breakfast, probably drink too much coffee and when I do try to have a balanced breakfast it usually means an Egg McMuffin in one hand and a 500-calorie Cinnabon in the other. A healthy start is a way of being kind to your body. It was not made to be starved all day then satiated at supper. We do that spiritually too, you know, starving the soul all week then cramming on Sundays to catch up. Breakfast as we've just seen implies peace and principles but ultimately priorities, because it has to be figured into the schedule or it will always be done on the run if at all. And likewise with your devotional life. Jesus prayed first thing in His mornings (Mark 1:35). Every new sunrise should bring fresh light and revelation. You will be surprised how clear God's voice is in the cool of the morning before it is drowned out by honking horns on the freeway and irate customers. A healthy heart needs a healthy start and so Jesus put on a chef's apron, lit a fire to fire the disciples' souls and served them breakfast. Mom used to do that for the Jackson kids. I can't remember if the smell from the kitchen was bacon or pancakes cooking but I do remember it smelled like love and that's the best part of waking up.


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