“Honor the LORD with your wealth
and with the best part of everything you produce.
Then he will fill your barns with grain,
and your vats will overflow with good wine.”
– Proverbs 3:9-10
I honestly can’t think of anything else that competes for my time more than the morning, and every demand that I don’t seem to have time for. I used to love watching the Folgers or Maxwell House commercials showing a happy family gathering in the kitchen with hot coffee and sunshine on a beautiful morning. I still love those mornings… I just can’t seem to find enough of them and I believe I have found the problem. There is something truly calming about watching the sun come up on a new day, or seeing sunshine through the window as fresh air greets you to the new day. I believe that it’s something that God put in us… at least he put it in me.
If you asked my wife, she’d tell you that I am not an easy person to wake up… I love rolling over and going back to sleep. It’s a bad habit, but that’s all me at least for now. I’ve been trying recently to re-orient my life to waking up earlier than I have to so that I can start the day out right. I hate the rushing in the morning… roll out of bed, visit the bathroom, hop in the shower, get dressed, brush teeth, grab breakfast and lunch and run out the door all in about 30 minutes. You see, the problem is, I haven’t left any time for God. Where in that list does God fit? He doesn’t and that’s my problem. I haven’t been intentional about my mornings for so long, it’s become a habit.
Proverbs 3:9-10 clearly states that the person who honors God by giving their best to him of everything they are and have will be rewarded to the point that they can’t contain it all. This reward goes far beyond mere money. There’s no amount of money you can give the sun to rise and set, the wind to blow, the flowers to bloom and the trees to give shade… These are the blessings that God has given us, and waking up with the rest of the world to worship and thank God for another day of life has to become my #1 goal in the morning!
I think I know why I enjoy Saturday morning’s so much… I get to wake up, brew coffee, enjoy breakfast made by my wife and dig into God’s word without the time pressures that the rest of the week imposes on my life. The question is, what if every day of life could be like this? It can, and Solomon already wrote about this… Proverbs 13:4 tells me “Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.” I want to be able to have more time in the mornings, but I have not worked (ehem… have been lazy) at disciplining myself to rise earlier. My spiritual life will reap the rewards of rising early and starting the day off in the word of God, in prayer with my wife over our family, finances, home, friends, work, and everything else life throws at us.
I think in my mind, “how would my wife feel if she’s waiting at the dining room table with everything I need to keep me going strong for the day and I just blow past her and out the door to work without another thought?”… She would be crushed… I believe that is much the same way God is with me. I’m too busy for him and I’ve allowed myself to believe that I’m a victim of my schedule when I should be the master of it. Extra time won’t ever fall into my lap… Our time in life… much like our finances, tend to inflate to fill whatever area it is allowed to dwell in. Get a raise?… hey we can afford that new iPhone! Get a automatic coffee maker to have it hot and ready when you wake up?… hey we can spend 5 more minutes looking at news on our new iPhone in the morning!
I encourage you to carve a little more time out of your day, even if it requires some more work, to devote to God and give it to him. I am working on this in my own life. It’s not a sacrifice unless we put our “desires” and “wants” to death in favor of God’s desires and plans for us.
“Do not have your concert first and tune your instruments afterward. Begin the day with God.” – James H. Taylor