Pearl of Wisdom:
“A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come on you like a thief.”
– Proverbs 24:33
WE ARE ALL PRONE TO EXCUSES. One of our favourites is that we simply “don’t have enough time in the day.” But time is the one resource of which we all have been given an equal portion.
If your life runs at full speed, and you simply don’t have enough time to take action on the big vision that God has put before you, I have a very simple solution to propose: wake up one hour earlier.
I can almost hear the excuses now. Why? Because just like you, I am not a morning person. I know the excuses that rise up at the suggestion of rising early because I have confronted them personally. And I’ll tell you that never are we humans so creative at dishing out excuses as in the wee hours of the morning. And never are we more vulnerable to the flimsiest of logic either. The proverbial “thief” depends on it.
Here is an admission:
Until sleep has been broken of it’s hold over you, rising early will in fact feel like cruel torture…for the first 10 minutes.
But sticking with the decision to rise early through those first 10 minutes will yield to the joy of solitude, focus, freedom and sweet communion with The Lord.
Insight to Action
If your life is running at full throttle and still the day seems too short, you may truly be too busy. In fact busyness seems to be the real thief of the modern age. Here’s a good morning time strategy to keep the thief at bay:
1. Take time in the morning to ask God what He intends your priorities to be for that day. That way, even if there are 10 to-do’s on your list, you are sure to complete the one that is most important to Him.
2. Next, submit your entire schedule to The Lord in prayer. You may find that half the obligations you have taken on are not aligned with His plan for your life. Then, wow! You just cleared a whole swath through your schedule, and paved the way for greater effectiveness.
3. And finally, ask God for a big vision of His plan for you. There is nothing that will help you clear away encroaching busyness like a big call on your life.
Now I’d love to hear from you. Would you like to unload your list of excuses for not rising early? Great! Get them all out in the replies below if it helps. Do you have a story about rising early that could inspire others? Please share!