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How you spend your morning matters. It sets the tone for your day and determines how effective the rest of your day will be. Yet many of us wake up at the very last minute, rushing from one thing to the next until we collapse at our desk an hour later.

Many people start their workday this way. As a result, their productivity is off to a poor start, and without discipline it will most likely continue that way throughout the day.

If you’re tired of groggy mornings and poor productivity, there are 6 practices you should do every morning before you get to work. …

Not the other way around

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Most of us work for our phones these days. We may think we’re in charge, but the way we twitch and glance at our notifications all day long betrays that thought. The average adult checks their phone 150 times a day. Millennials check theirs even more, clocking in at more than 157 times a day.

This is insanity. And I speak from experience. I know what it’s like to work for my phone and sift through an endless stream of notifications. But I don’t anymore.

I’m certainly not perfect, but I’ve come a long way in knowing how to make my phone work for me instead of the other way around. …

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I have a confession: I want to be great.

I want people to look at me and be wowed with what I’ve done and what I’ve accomplished.

I want the oohs and ahhs of thousands, maybe millions.

I want a legacy that bears my name.

But God doesn’t.

What God wants

God doesn’t want these things for me. He wants these things for Him.

He wants a legacy that points to Himself. He wants the fame and the glory and the honor of every person on the planet from the dawn of time until the coming of Christ.

And one day, He will get it (Rev. …

The weight of living is crushing

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I was on a run a while back, and I was listening to Bastille’s first album, called Bad Blood. It’s not new at this point, but I really like their music because they their songs bring up interesting questions.

And as I was running, one of those questions hit me like a ton of bricks.

I was listening to the song called “The Weight of Living Pt. 2.” Here’s the lyrics that caught my attention:

It all crept up on you, in the night it got you

And plagued your mind, it plagues your mind

Every day that passes, faster than the last…

And how to start

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Over and over again, studies show that the most important thing for spiritual growth is reading the Bible. Yet it’s the one thing most people in the church aren’t doing.

Only 45% of those who regularly attend church read the Bible more than once a week. For each church attender who does read their Bible every day, there’s someone else who doesn’t read it at all. Biblical illiteracy really is an epidemic.

For each church attender who does read their Bible every day, there’s someone else who doesn’t read it at all.

I say this not simply as someone who is researching the topic, but as a pastor who talks to people every week inside and outside the church who have next to no biblical knowledge. The most concerning thing is that there doesn’t seem to be a distinction between those who are new to the faith and those who have been a Christian for several years, sometimes even ten or more. …


Grayson Pope

Pastor of Community at @MeckChurch. Husband to @mpope902. Father of 3. Currently in seminary at @sebts. Write at @everydaydisc.

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