Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Imagine the Things We Could Get Done If You Weren't so Lazy

I'm back in America. And while it snows in Seoul it also snowed last night. It actually iced last night. The wind blew and the dogs barked but I didn't stir from my 3 x 6 foot pull out. I woke up this morning exactly the way that I've woken up the past 10 nights; at 0645. This drastic change in my daily routine of sleeping in till 10, 11, or even 12 was due to a simple prayer that I said exactly 5 nights ago. The prayer was this. "Lord I want to wake up early. Can you wake me up when you want me to wake up?" I set the alarm clock for 0700 in case the Lord wasn't listening or didn't care about this particular prayer and went to sleep around 2400.

Waking up early, I'm convinced, is the key to being more productive.

-You could use it as an opportunity to go through people's things when they're asleep.
-You could wake everyone up early because you think waking up early is a good thing to do.
-You could also walk around naked not being afraid anyone will see you.

Or you could use the time to sit, be quiet, pray, and reflect. I strive for not just production but for quality. A quality life that I can get to the end of and be happy that I was disciplined enough to accomplish goals, avoid sin, and obey God through it all. I love Thomas Jeffereson's quote:

"The sun has not caught me in bed in fifty years." 

I wonder what time TJ went to bed. Although I haven't been able to say this for a long time I've  been able to say it the past 10 days...and now I'm going to be able to say it in fifty years just like our founding father, unless I stay out too late partying. love. war.

"Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man." ~Solomon

Things to think about:
-Political rhetoric
-Absolute truth
-Why you read blogs
-Raleigh's skyline at sunrise

Things to watch:
Wish she was my daughter