How to Make Remarkable Improvements By Simply Rising Early
Want to make a huge difference in your productivity and achievement? There is one way that promises remarkable improvement in both. Simply rising early.
If you read your Bible, you will see, those who walked with God walked with him early.
Whose Example Will I Follow in Rising Early?
Abraham did. “Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the LORD.”
Moses did. “Moses then wrote down everything the LORD had said. He got up early the next morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain and set up twelve stone pillars representing the twelve tribes of Israel.” (Exodus 24: 4)
God knows when we do something sometimes is just as important as what we are doing. Some things don’t get done unless we are rising early to get them done. “Moses… went up Mount Sinai early in the morning, as the LORD had commanded him.” (Exodus 34: 4)
Joshua did. “Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over.” (Joshua 3: 1)
David did and wrote a song about it. “A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah:
O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water. (Psalm 63: 1)
We assume Isaiah the prophet did since he describes the path of the righteous in this way. “With my soul I have desired You as the night winds down. Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; For when Your judgments are in the earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.” (Isaiah 26: 9)
We often say we don’t have enough time to do the things we need to do. But, did you stop to think? You can add an entire day of being super productive into your schedule every two weeks by rising two hours earlier each morning.
Yes, you could sleep in one day a week and still add this time to your schedule.
Is it any wonder then, we read of Jesus, “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)
But, What Should I Do When I Rise Early?
Benjamin Hardy in his blog today, says “If you want to quickly set yourself apart in life, you should make it your first priority to read lots of really good books… Reading isn’t enough though. You need to spend plenty of time thinking, meditating, praying if so inclined, and writing in your journal.”
I would recommend you combine the practice of Jesus and David and find a way to pray and praise the Lord early in the morning. Undertake the steps you need to prepare for the coming day in the strength of the Lord’s presence.
Most of my songs are written in my early rising time. Many of the revelations we need to receive from the Lord like to come out at this time of day. But, you will develop the habit of rising early to receive these revelations, opening yourself to God opening His word to you.
If you find yourself balking at rising early, spend some time listening to this video about joining the 5 am club but, if you don’t have 14 minutes to spare right now for the video enjoy this song, I Will Rise Early which I wrote when Karen and I first had small children.
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