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Christian Life

Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory!


My mother used to sing (shout) this in the wee small hours when getting me up for school happened the dark. Usually, she got an unholy growl in return, but she kept repeating it until I begrudgingly abandoned my bed.

A parent now myself, I often sing-shout this at my own daughter as she whines about me turning on the light to hustle her through getting ready for kindergarten.

What she fails to appreciate (and I did, too) is that it’s great advice for approaching your day.

RISE: Get up! You’ve got to be conscious on all levels to participate in the good works God’s set for you to do (Eph 2:11).

SHINE: Be the light! Let love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control flow from you so the world can know God (Gal 5:22).

GIVE GOD THE GLORY: Walk humbly! Everything we accomplish is thanks to Him, so make sure you give credit where it’s due (1 Cor 10:31).

Good, right?

So next time you wake up your offspring—or need to motivate yourself for yet another pandemerrific day—maybe give this a try. Shouting is optional, but it does drive the point home (and is pretty hilarious).

This post is part of a Hope*Writers challenge. Today’s prompt was SHINE. Check out more posts here!

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