by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” (Psalm 143:8, NIV)
This week we are exploring impact living. So far we have considered turning idle time into impact time, keeping the main thing the main thing, and the importance of rest. Today’s suggestion is a direct follow-up to yesterday’s daily water on rest, because it focuses on what to do next: get up early.
That idea might terrify some. It used to terrify me, but I find this to be one of the most helpful suggestions for me as I strive for impact living. I developed the routine of waking up early when I was working on my doctorate degree while serving the local church. I found that the most productive hours of the day occurred before anyone else was up and moving. Now my definition of early might differ from yours, but consider your context. For me, I get into my home office between 6-6:30a, I pray, enjoy my quiet time, and I put in an hour or so of work before the rest of the family wakes up and we begin our school routine. When I get home I finish up the majority of what I have to do for the day before I even leave for the office. That way, when I leave for the day, I am generally available and able to meet the opportunities for impact time throughout the day.
The Bible is full of examples from King David to Jesus Christ of leaders who made it a point to wake up early, spend time with God, and get some work out of the way so they are available for God with the rest of the day. God definitely wants to help you know where to go and what to do with your day, and will provide you the opportunity to let your light shine for Him. Getting up earlier and spending time with God helps set your day up nicely so you are ready for whatever comes. Even 10-15 minutes can make a major difference. Give it a shot and see what you think?
Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for always being there when I need you. Help me to turn to you at the very start of my day so every step is filled and guided by you. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.