For the past year there has been a quote from Mere Christianity on the side of my refrigerator.
“The real problem of the Christian life comes where people do not usually look for it. It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. And so on, all day.
As someone who is naturally lackadaisical and tried to make up for this flaw with frantic attempts to do everything and satisfy everyone, this quote really touched me. Sometimes I forget, in all of my laboring to do right, that my effort isn’t, (or at least ought not to be,) all about me. It’s about doing the work that my Lord has given me to do, and doing it within the limitations that He has seen fit to place upon me. But I can only do that work if I can hear His Voice.
I have found the stillness of the morning to be the best time for this. I no longer check my phone before I get out of bed, or grab my tablet and spend a few happy moments on the wonderful AO Forums. I don’t sit right down and review the busy day ahead. I take my pen, and copy out a few verses from Hebrews. I sing a song, and pray for a little while. I’m trying to seek His voice first of all, and I’m finding it makes is easier to distinguish His voice from all the others.