In 1964, 17-year-old Randy Gardner stayed awake for 264 hours and 12 minutes, the world’s record. Randy was a young man who took waking up to an extreme. And while we don’t need to go as far as he did, some of us who struggle with getting up on time might benefit from resorting to extremes if need be.
I heard of one person who taped a $20 bill to the bottom half of a sheet of paper. He then placed the paper, top down, into a shreader and rigged the shreader into his alarm clock so that when the clock went off, the shreader turned on and he had only a few seconds to get up and turn it off before his $20 would be shreaded.
I’m sure that was an effective strategy for getting up on time! Numerous Bible verses warn us of the dangers of oversleeping. That’s because starting your day on time, with God, is the starting point to redeeming the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.