We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Early in the Morning

Are you more productive late at night or early in the morning?

At the Lamplighter Guild last summer, we tried an experiment with our students. We started each day at 6:15 a.m. As the sun rose, you could see students and teachers in the Word and prayer dotted around the landscape; meeting in gazebos on the cliffs, along the lake, and in the gardens.

Our early morning time was the training ground where students prepared for battle. Often times in Christianity we spend more time in retreat than advance. There are plenty of opportunities for recreation and restoring the soul, but life as presented in the Bible is pictured as a battle. And as soldiers we need to live life with vigilance.

We also learned that this extra effort gave back some unexpected dividends. Rather than time flying by, it was if time had stopped and we were able to accomplish more in a few days than we would have expected to accomplish in a week’s time. As I study the lives of great innovators and inventors, I see a common thread of early rising. I am not saying that one cannot accomplish great things by staying up late, but often sleeping in is the result of a lack of self-discipline.

As I study the lives of Abraham, Moses, and Joshua, I see they too had early rising in common. In fact, the first two times God gives Moses an assignment he hears these words: “And the LORD said to Moses, ‘Rise early in the morning.'”

For years, my most productive time was late at night. But since I have been deliberately practicing the discipline of going to bed earlier and rising early, my level of productivity has soared. We are commanded to redeem the
time, and there’s no better way to start than by redeeming the beginning of the day.

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  1. I definitely wake up more creative and energized for morning work, but I find myself staying up to do my writing since my schedule (children, school) prevents me from much morning time.

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