STOP AND THINK – To get up each morning with the resolve to be happy—is to set our own conditions to the events of each day. (Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th century American essayist)

If you’re not a morning person, perhaps this is the best way to begin your day. Emerson says, “To do this is to condition circumstances instead of being conditioned by them.” Wouldn’t you like to be able to do that—not to allow events and other people to set the tone for your day? Determine to be happy from the very start.

[God’s] compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is [his] faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)