Not too long ago, morning people made me roll my eyes. I found them unbearably chipper and annoyingly accomplished, as before nine a.m. they had already plowed the back forty, canned three dozen jars of organic jam, or completed some other such wholesome activity.
For most of my life, I was an unabashed night owl. I stayed up long past the rest of my family to recharge my introvert batteries and meet writing deadlines. I loved the quiet of my sleeping house and spent the wee hours managing my life.
But after I turned forty, it became apparent that I could no longer be as productive at night as I once had. I made foolish mistakes when paying bills and preparing lessons. I slept until mid-morning and still never felt rested, and the extra time I spent sleeping meant that I didn’t have enough hours in the day to keep up with the demands of daily life.
This past summer, I decided something had to change. I’d try going to bed and getting up earlier. My daughter wanted to exercise with me before the heat of the day, and I wanted to work in my garden early as well.
While the first week or so was difficult, my body adjusted surprisingly quickly. I felt better, my brain clearer and my body more relaxed. When I changed my diet and replaced my most beloved carbs with protein-rich foods, my energy levels increased as well.
Well….I don’t roll my eyes at morning people anymore. I have left the dark side and become a morning person, in practice if not at heart. I still love my nightly quiet time – it’s just shorter, and more about resting than working. But I’ve learned that I can change something about myself that I thought would be ingrained for the rest of my life.
Maintaining healthy habits is a thread woven throughout the Bible. I just chose to ignore the verses about getting out of bed early!
But as every verse in Scripture was included by God for a reason, how could I continue to pick and choose which ones to practice? While rising early is not a command, it is certainly exemplified by Godly people in Scripture, and even by Jesus.
Noticing these verses has opened my eyes to other areas of life in which Scripture offers counsel. It’s reminded me to embrace and employ all the wisdom contained in its pages.
Verses to Consider
And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the Lord. – Genesis 19:27
So we laboured in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared. – Nehemiah 4:21
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. – Psalm 5:3
She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. – Proverbs 31:15
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. – Mark 1:35
And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, for to hear him. – Luke 21:38
Is there a subject in the Bible you’ve taken to heart recently?
Do you seek the Word’s wisdom about topics such as health, finances, work life, and parenting?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.