BBC Radio Leicester Thought for the Day
© John Denney 16 August 2008 prerecorded
As I sit here in the studio, I often wonder just what you are up to as you listen to Radio Leicester in the mornings. Are you snuggled down, deep in your duvet, wishing you could stay in bed a bit longer? Are you up at the crack of dawn, full of energy and bopping round the kitchen to the sound of your favourite band as you make your morning cuppa? Are you on your way to work, sitting in your car at the traffic lights waiting for them to change to green?
Me? I am a bit of a slow starter in the mornings. I'm more of an owl than a lark, I suppose. But I usuually manager to rouse myself and go through the morning routines of breakfast, shave and shower. And after that, the day starts for me.
Here's a sobering thought. If we assume that we live until the age of 70 - the "three score years and ten" we had until recently - then we have just 840 months to live our lives. That's not very many, is it? But perhaps there's a more optimistic figure: every day, God gives us 86400 seconds. That's an awful lot of seconds! 86400 opportunities to make a difference to the world.
And every day that I wake up, I give thanks to God for the opportunities he's given me, and for the countless blessings I receive. I'm still breathing, for a start.
There's a prayer of thanks in the Bible that says
God's compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
 Lamentations 3:22-24 NIVUK