What Successful People do first thing in the Morning!

244953667202626330_6dsexk5o_cAnd rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place and there he prayed. Mark 1:35

What do you do first thing in the morning? This is a question I’ve often asked different people over the years. I’ve been very interested in how people answer this question because I’ve been a long term believer in what you do in the morning hours sets up your entire day. I want to encourage you to rethink your morning routine. Too often I see, one of two extremes, either chaos or lethargy define people’s morning routines but there is a third option = A sustainable rhythm that invigorates you and makes you feel like whatever else you do today, you’ve already accomplished so much. Jesus modeled to all of us a healthy morning routine that set him and his ministry up for the day. He spent time in his Fathers presence before allowing the busyness of life overtake him. I encourage you to focus on 1 of 3 things in the morning hours. One is developing yourself, another is developing your relationships and the third is developing your career.

Developing yourself can look like exercise, prayer, bible reading, book reading, meditation or anything else that centers you and gets you a healthy body, mind and spirit.

Developing your relationships can look like making family breakfast time an opportunity to chat and get closer to family members. It can also look like meeting up with a close friend or work colleague for a coffee at a cool cafe and just chatting.

Developing your career can look like reading in your field, writing a blog or book, scanning news and reports, formal study or anything that will help you improve in your field.

It’s time to seize the day by seizing your morning hours. What you do from 6am-9am everyday can make or break your day. Don’t just settle to be a night owl. Body rhythms and sleep cycles will all benefit from making the shift to a morning routine. This is what successful people do to set up their day.

Weekly Wrap Up!

book of the week

Preaching and Teaching with Imagination by Warren Wiersbe is a fantastic good that will deepen your understanding and approach to biblical preaching. It uses the backdrop of two preachers in the bible, Hushai and Ahithophel (2 Sam 7:1-13) to begin a masterful discussion on the use of imagination in our public communication. A must read for preachers.

quote of the week

We pray with God, not toward him. Graham Cooke

news of the week

It’s official. Ps Ben Fagerland is my successor as the new Senior Pastor of Activate Church in 2013 and I am starting Corey Turner Ministries as a full-time itinerant preacher in 2013.

moment of the week

I had the privilege of praying and prophesying over people at the DMM Breakthrough night this week and received feedback on how impacting and accurate our ministry was. Praise God!

The Oracle!

Weekly Wrap Up!

book of the week

‘Good to Great’ by Jim Collins is one of the best books on leadership and organizations you will ever read. It’s a best-selling book that looks at the timeless principles that help any organization move from being good to being great over a long period of time. This is my second reading of the book and definitely worth a few more reads in the future.

quote of the week

“Its piercing to have God crawl through the gutters with you until you get clean.” C.S. Lewis

moment of the week

The couple of hours I spent with Sy Rogers Friday afternoon was priceless. What God has done in his life and taught him over many years has become catalytic in people’s growth in God all over the world.

news of the week

Fallen superstar footballer Ben Cousins getting arrested while traveling to Teen Challenge (Christian based organization) in Western Australia to enter yet another phase of drug rehab.

Grace!

Weekly Wrap Up

book of the week

Sex and the Supremacy of Christ is not just another book on sex but it lifts our gaze to consider the God who made us sexual creatures for his glory. In a world where sex has become an idol and cheap, this book reflects on the bible’s teaching of such topics as sex and the single, homosexual marriage, restoring the sexually broken and sex, romance the glory of Christ. The editors John Piper and Justin Taylor have brought together several contributers for this project and the content within it has definitely sharpened my thinking on the topic. 

quote of the week

Anonymous comment to my blog post ‘Jesus didn’t die for gold dust’, “To unbelievers, gold dust is bull dust.”

news of the week

Activate’s creative director Sam Jervis is launching his debut album, “Heart Aflame” on Saturday May 26, 2012 at Activate Church. Tickets will be available in the near future. I’ll provide a link in the coming weeks.

moment of the week

I was sick earlier in the week but the highlight would have been discipling a new Christian on Thursday night. He is like a sponge, hungry to devour every bit of information and insight he can. It’s refreshing to find someone so eager to grow in Christ. His potential is huge.

Grace!