When I started college, my sister shared a poem with me. Just as life was getting busy with classes, grades, projects, labs, clubs, and making ends meet, that poem anchored me. And as life progressed – work, marriage, kids – the poem anchored me.

The Difference

I got up early one morning and rushed right into the day.

I had so much to accomplish that I didn’t have time to pray.

Problems just tumbled about me, and heavier came each task.

“Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered.

He answered, “You didn’t ask.”

I wanted to see joy and beauty, but the day toiled on, gray and bleak.

I wondered why God didn’t show me.

He said, “But you didn’t seek.”

I tried to come into God’s presence.

I used all my keys at the lock.

God gently and lovingly chided, “My child, you didn’t knock.”

I woke up early this morning and paused before I entered the day.

I had so much to accomplish that I had to take time to pray.

Now, many years later, I want to pass this wisdom on to everyone, no matter what part of life you might be in:

  • To kids: with your school, friends, family and chores
  • To teens: with your increasing responsibilities and expectations in school, sports, life, and the unique challenges of this age
  • To college students and young adults: as you navigate the waters of independence, work, study, and adulthood
  • To new couples: as you get used to living and being responsible for one another
  • To parents: with so much to juggle, from nutrition, health, life advice, finances, society and politics
  • To grandparents: with the wide scope of people who rely on you for advice, strength and example

For all that you carry, it makes all the difference when you start your day with God.

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