1st July 2017

If You Miss The Morning…You Miss The Day ! 

“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.”
Mark 1:35 (NIV)
 

Why do some people seem to get so much more done in a day than others? In my experience it’s the early risers who get the most done. As the scripture above shows, Jesus Christ was an early riser on occasion.

In my career I have worked with a number of successful people, several of whom were multi-millionaires, and the common characteristic they all shared was they were early risers as well as usually the first person in the office each day and the last to leave at night. Of course some of them lacked balance—work and success was their God. So I am not suggesting we all should be up at the crack of dawn every day, especially if you are a busy mother with small children, or have other pressures in your life. But if we struggle to do all we want to in our day a good question to ask is, “ If I got up an hour or 30 minutes earlier would I get more done with less stress?”

Personally I have found having a little extra time in the morning, before work, to pray and to read a few verses of the Bible always sets me up for a better day. But each person must decide what works best for them. My worst days are always those when I am up late for some reason, and then I seem to be late doing everything throughout the day. These always seem to be the days when people are more demanding of my time and energy than usual.

As Christians we want to put God first, as instructed in Matthew 6.33, but we live in a world which makes a lot of demands on our time, so it can be difficult to do so. That means a bit of extra time in the morning can be very valuable in keeping our focus on what is really important—our relationship with God. So if you find yourself struggling to find time for prayer and study, and the other pressures in your life will allow it, try getting up a bit earlier and see if it helps. Even if you can’t do it every day, a few early mornings each week will be a help. But avoid turning it into a legalistic thing where you tell yourself you must do it without fail because your salvation depends on it. It does not. Jesus Christ has already taken care of that. Our salvation depends on what Christ has already done for us, not on what we do.

Let me close with that well known saying, “ Early to bed, early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise!” 

Prayer
Loving Father, we are too easily sidetracked by the pressures of this world and we can become tired—physically, emotionally and spiritually. Help us to keep our focus on You and the incredible future that lies ahead of us to motivate, stimulate and encourage us. In Jesus name we pray.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association
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LEEDS LS15 8LE

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