Not a Morning Person
You can ask my best friend whom I have been friends with since I was about six years old. I was the definition of “not a morning person.”
In high school and my first year and a half of college, my alarm clock (yes, the old fashioned literal alarm clock, not my iPhone alarm) went off about an hour before I needed to leave for class every day. Then it went off again fifty-one minutes before I needed to leave the house…again forty-two minutes before…and probably one more time thirty-three minutes before.
I knew how to work that nine-minute snooze like it was a science.
And I know that you know what follows pressing the snooze three times.
I would get up, scramble to get ready, have just enough time to brew a cup of coffee, and rush out the door to class usually forgetting at least one or two things. I would sit down in class all but panting, willing my body to stop sweating from my mad dash.
If that sounds remotely like a morning you have had recently, this article is written for YOU.
In the second semester of my second year of college, I knew that something had to change. I was not spending time with the Lord in prayer, and I did not read my Bible nearly enough. My life felt frazzled (duh!). My relationship with the Lord looked great on the outside, but was quite lacking on the inside.
Not knowing any of these things about me, my pastor’s wife asked in one of our first discipleship meetings: “So how much time have you spent with the Lord this week?”
In that moment, I had a choice. I could be dishonest and keep living the way I had been, or I could be honest with her and allow myself to be encouraged and changed.
I chose to be honest.
And I hope you will, too.
I responded with some embarrassment, “Well, not very much. I used to spend time with the Lord every night before bed, but ever since I started college, I am so tired in the evenings that I can hardly keep my eyes open to read my Bible. I go to bed most nights without having spent any one-on-one time with the Lord.”
And let me note here, I was saved at the age of six. I grew up in church and in a family that taught me to have quality time with the Lord every day. So I knew good and well that neglecting to spend time with Him was wrong, and I felt the effect of that poor choice every day. The problem was: I did not know how to fix my time management problem.
My mentor then shared with me some encouragement that she had once been given. She said that you must give your first time of the day to the Lord. If you don’t give Him your first time, odds are that you won’t give Him any of your time.
Let me say that again.
You must give your first time of the day to the Lord.
At that moment, my first time of the day was spent picking out an outfit that didn’t need to be ironed and trying to remember to put on deodorant. My first moments of each day were stressful, rushed, and focused on one thing…just making it to my first activity of the day.
I knew that if I was even going to try to give my first time of the day to the Lord, I was going to have to get up much earlier… maybe even the first time the alarm went off (gasp!).
So, I got in the Word and started looking for verses that pertain to waking up early. I had no idea how often that idea appears.
Who are the two people in the Bible we Christian women often want to be most like?
Jesus (of course) and the Proverbs 31 Woman.
Am I right? Well you know what I found to be a funny little (not total) coincidence? Jesus and the Proverbs 31 Woman have a very important thing in common.
They both seem to be “morning people.”
Does that sting a little? Because, yikes, it definitely stung me (and still does, if we’re being honest).
Proverbs 31:15 says:
“She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens.”
Yep, that’s in there. If that’s not enough to convince you…
Mark 1:35 says:
“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He [Jesus] departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.”
For even more Scripture reading on waking up early, check out: Psalm 5:3 and Psalm 119:147)
So if we are truly trying to live a life modeled after that of Christ, and if we are looking to other parts of the Bible for wisdom on how to practically do the day-to-day, what do these passages say?
Well, to me, they said…Girl, you are out of line with the Word of God.
So what do we do? …What did I do?
For starters, I have (on-purpose) broken the snooze button off my alarm.
Radical? Maybe. But I needed radical. Because what my actions said were, “Nine minutes of sleep is more important than giving my first time to the One who gave His life for me to have this relationship with Him.”
Did it hurt for you to read that? I relate.
Why don’t you say it out loud right now? I’m serious! Reading it on this screen and confessing it are two totally different things. If you’re someone who, like me, habitually chooses the snooze instead of time with the Lord, say:
My actions show that a few minutes of extra sleep are more important to me than giving my first time to the One who gave His life for me to have this relationship with Him.
Say it until it sinks into your soul and you realize the weight of it.
Then, friend, let me encourage you — Ask the Holy Spirit to help you make a change. Plead with Him to give you strength of spirit in the mornings to get up early. Meditate on and memorize Proverbs 31:15 and Mark 1:35, allowing them to seep down into your core until they become part of who you are.
And if you still struggle to get out of bed… go buy yourself a $10 alarm clock, and a small flathead screwdriver will pop that snooze button right off. (Dying to self can be humorous at times!)
I pray that these words will prompt you to create new habits that glorify our Savior who loves you more than you will ever comprehend. Give Jesus your first time because He is so much more than deserving of it.
Gone are the days of being…
“not a morning person”