Justin Earley is encouraging us to read Scripture first thing in the day before we do anything else. At the very least, do this before checking your phone or looking at your emails or scrolling social media or watching the news.
It is because all these things have a way of shaping how we view ourselves – our identity.
Turning to Scripture before scrolling through my emails reminds me that I am loved by God before I do anything. My emails are calling me to perform and to earn my value in this world. God’s Word is reminding me that in Christ I am loved.
Turning to Scripture before consuming the news, I am reminded that no matter how bad things seem to be, we serve a God who is in control. This brings me peace even when things seem to be rather chaotic.
Turning to Scripture before getting caught up on social media, I am reminded that I don’t have to keep up with appearances and trying to impress others. Instead, I can be authentic and transparent, and God is at work in my difficulties.
What is the biggest temptation for you? Is it email? Is it news? Is it social media? Consider why you might be drawn to those things first thing in the morning.
I really like the way Justin Earley talks about the value of reading Scripture before we start consuming these various forms of media. This is not just an encouragement to read your Bible. Instead, it is a reminder of the ways our habits, how we start our day, does indeed shape our outlook on life.
Earley makes this point by saying: “Once we know who we are in God, we can turn to the world to offer love. But when we don’t, we will turn to the world looking for love. That makes all the difference.”
So…if it is not your habit to begin your day with Scripture, give it a try.
- Find a quiet space and make it “your space.”
- If you need a place to start, start with the Psalms. Or, start reading through the Gospel of John. Go at your own pace.
- Pray back to God what it is you are hearing him say to you through his Word.
Allow God’s Word to shape your identity that puts you in a position to love those around you.