I hate mornings … I mean, if the morning was a person and could breathe, I would meet it in a dark alley and punch it in the teeth … twice. I always preferred to stay up late at night because that was when I did my “best work” (whatever that means). I always slept late in the mornings and woke up grumpy. Anybody been there?
Recently I ran across a book that changed how I see mornings. It is called Early to Rise by Andy Traub (you can read my review of the book here). Basically, Traub challenges people to wake up at 5 a.m. every morning, and he gives a lot of great practical action steps to make it happen. If you are a night owl, I understand if you are skeptical. I was skeptical.
You might be tempted to stop reading, but I implore you to hear me out. I always believed staying up late at night and getting up early in the morning did not matter when it comes to productivity and effectiveness … then I read the book and actually started getting up early. It has changed my life.
I believe more than ever getting up early leads to greater productivity and a more meaningful life. Let me share a few reasons why.
1.) Jesus woke up early.
When we wake up early, we are walking in the footsteps of Jesus.
I am not trying to Jesus-juke you. The gospel writers mention that Jesus woke up early on more than one occasion (Mark 1:35; Luke 4:42). It is also amazing how many times the phrase “early in the morning” appears in the Bible. Now you might see Jesus waking up in the morning as insignificant. But I believe the son of God was intentional about everything. I also believe if the Holy Spirit inspired the gospel writers to mention this on more than one occasion, we should take note.
It could be that Jesus was on to something.
2.) There are less distractions.
One of the major differences I have seen in my short time waking up early is there are less distractions. I have two young boys, and it is really difficult for me to do anything productive at night. Babies are selfish, needy and impatient. I love them. I love playing with them. They bring so much joy to my life. But they are exhausting. And once I put them down, I need to spend time with my wife because having two boys does not allow for quality time during the day. By the time I finish this, I am exhausted. And I still need to spend time in the Word and in prayer with God.
Not a good recipe for quality time with God.