George Muller wrote in his autobiography that, after serving Christ for more than 40 years, “I saw more clearly than ever that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was to have my soul happy in the Lord.”

Effectiveness in ministry, and effectiveness in life, has always been related to this principle. Starting the day right is the best way to ensure that you spend it right, and you end it right.

David wrote, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love.” (Psalm 143:8).

It’s a good way to start the day. Before checking the news or checking email — even before the coffee is ready — listen for word of God’s unfailing love. How does one go about it? It could mean starting the day listening to hymns or the Bible on CD or a sermon podcast, rather than turning on the TV. It could mean reading a passage of Scripture before opening the newspaper. It could mean getting alone in God’s presence to dedicate this day to him, before you begin the rush of getting yourself (and everyone else) ready for the day.

Today is the most important day of your life … so far. Making the most of it begins, first of all, with taking some to make your soul happy in him.