Tom’s pastor gave him some marital advice, “Give your wife a complement. Tell her she looks like the first day of a warm beautiful spring.” When Tom got home he told his wife, “You look like…uh…the last day of a long cold winter.”
If Tom had shifted his time frame just a little bit he could have gotten a much better result. The same may hold true for those who want to learn the discipline of early rising. Many of us set our clocks to wake us at the top of the hour, such as 6:00 or 7:00. But, there is a certain momentum that comes with disciplining ourselves to rise extra early.
If we adjust that rising time back just a couple of minutes to say 5:58 or 6:58 it gives us the satisfaction of having gotten up during the hour before. Instead of telling people you get up at 6, you can say I get up at “5 something”.
Any strategy that helps us rise early to spend time with God will redeem 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.