Thinking back to my college days, I would frequently stay up all night. Sometimes I was out having a good time with my friends, other times it was finishing a paper or a project. But by the time my head hit the pillow at 4:30 or 5:00 in the morning, I would not see the light of day until noon.Photo Credit: PeterY (Creative Commons)
Now I find myself getting to bed much earlier and starting my day at 5:00 am instead. “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,” is a common phrase that was first found in the Poor Richard’s Almanack, around 1735. There is good reason to believe that Ben Franklin coined the expression himself and used it in the Almanack under the pseudonym Poor Richard. I know when I get a good nights sleep, and I get up and get started with my daily routine I feel better. I am able to get more things done throughout the day and I just feel better. My ideal morning would look something like this: 5:30 am – Wake up 5:40 am – Work out 7:00 am – Return home, clean up, help get the kids ready for school, have breakfast, catch up on email 8:30 am – Finish getting ready for the day 9:00 am – Leave for work Sometimes I am successful at keeping this schedule and other times I could be better.
When I am up early enough after my workout I sit at the computer. I sit down I read these words:
1 Give ear to my words, O Lord; give heed to my sighing. 2 Listen to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you I pray. 3 O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.
At my computer I read the news, read scripture, journal in Evernote, check my Facebook page and reflect on the previous day and all that happened, then I focus on what to expect on the day ahead. I also like to sit in quiet. Either during my run in the morning or during my drive to the gym I enjoy quiet. In my quietness I listen to what God is saying to me and I pray. I need to get everything out of my head to make room for God.
Try getting up early one day this week, or more if you think you can. Take a picture of what you see. Do you see newly fallen snow that no one has disturbed yet? Can you catch a sunrise? Can you get up before your alarm clock? Share in the comments your pictures and your thoughts about getting up so early. Share a link of your picture in the comments below, on Facebook, Instagram o Twitter using the hashtag #GM52