She has her alarm clock set before she goes to bed. And when it goes off the next morning she doesn’t hit the snooze button a few too many times like I do… often. She obviously doesn’t just own a planner that she happened to purchase on the first day of the year and then set aside somewhere under the pile of her many items, untouched until the following year. No, she actually uses it. Or her iphone, or ipad… whatever she prefers – because the second she gets out of that bed she’s a woman on a mission.
I would prefer for the verse to say that she sleeps in every morning. Doesn’t even bother setting an alarm clock. Gets her “beauty rest”. Waits for breakfast in bed to be brought to her. But the truth is… this lady ain’t getting no breakfast in bed – in fact… she’s the one preparing breakfast for everyone else… long before they rise. And I’m pretty sure she’s not complaining about it either. 😉
Todays proverbs-31 quality? Self-discipline. It takes discipline to get out of bed in the morning when all you want to do is stay in dreamland. It takes discipline to not only keep a planner, but also to complete the things written in it. It takes discipline to ignore the thoughts racing through your mind – begging you to forget your tasks and rest a little while longer. Oh self-discipline… don’t we all just love it?
I think we can all agree that the best way to begin any day is NOT by waking up ten minutes before you need to be out the door. Scrambling around your room to gather all the things you need, throwing on the first thing that catches your eye. At least that’s not how I prefer to begin my day.
Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl I think that what you do in the first half hour or hour of your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. On those mornings that I wake up early, spend my time with God, and get everything set for my day I walk out that door ready to conquer the day. My mind is at peace and focused on God and the day ahead of me… not the things I think I may have forgotten to grab in my room.
Jesus understood the importance of this also as in the Bible it mentions many times the fact that He would rise early and go somewhere alone to spend time with God. If Jesus did it, what more do I need to motivate myself to do it as well? He knew how to start His day right: spending it with God. Getting encouraged, strengthened, and prepared for the tasks at hand. Shouldn’t I do the same?
My goal: set that alarm clock every night, and press the snooze button a little less often… or better yet – not at all. Spend my morning with God – getting not only physically, but also spiritually prepared for my day. And of course… BE self-disciplined.
Good-bye snooze button!!! 🙂