“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Mark 1:35–37 (NIV)
Do you really think Jesus got up earlier than everyone else because He was naturally a morning person? I don’t think so. Jesus simply understood the benefits of rising earlier than everyone else. Based on the life of Jesus, here are five arguments for rising early:
There is less distraction.
When I am up before everyone else, no one is texting me, calling me, or emailing me. I get no notifications on my phone, and no one is looking for me! Without distractions, I can more easily be still and know that he is God!
My morning sets the tone for my day.
Once everyone else gets up, it’s game on. If I wake up to everyone else’s drama, pace and urgency, that sets one tone for my day, just not the one that I want! I am an extrovert, but I actually don’t love conversation for the first hour I wake! Rising early allows me to wake and begin to stir on my own terms and frees me from the drama and demands of others...for just a little while.
I had rather rob my sleep than rob my relationships.
There is a ton to do. How do we get everything done without working late and robbing our family at night? Get up earlier. The bottom line is that I rarely work as little as forty hours per week. However, I can work a ton more and never rob my relationship if I get up earlier and begin my work earlier!
My favorite morning schedule is:
5 AM: Get Up & Wake Up
5:15: Coffee & Breakfast
5:30: Time Alone With God.
6:30 Start Work!
God deserves my first and best.
I must do whatever it takes to begin every day with God, even if it doesn’t come naturally or easily for me. Getting up early is not about becoming a morning person. It’s about becoming more intentional. God deserves my first and best.
Renewing my mind renews me.
If Jesus needed renewal in the morning that sprang out of His relationship with God...do you think we might? Just saying. I don't like hearing that alarm more than anyone else. However, once I have had a cup of coffee, and I am in my favorite chair, I begin to focus. I like to read 15-20 minutes of Scripture, 15-20 minutes of additional reading or studying, and then pray. I know I need this. Honestly rising early is like everything else beneficial in life. It's rarely easy to get there, but never regretted it in retrospect. Give it a shot!
Stay Tuned For Tomorrow's Post: "How To Become An Early Riser"