What I’m about to share may shock, or even frighten you. This post is not intended for the weak of heart, stomach, or bladder. I will not be held responsible for anyone spontaneously going into labor while reading this post, so proceed at your own risk.
I, Stephen, am attempting to become… a morning person. As of Thursday, March 6th, I have been getting up at 6:00am daily (with the exception of Saturday when I “slept in” until 8:00). and before you other morning people pipe up, 6am is early, because I typically don’t have to get up ’till 8 or later to be to work on time.
So far, it has not been easy. I still have to prop myself up in bed rubbing my eyes for about 3-5 minutes after my alarm goes off before I can get up. Also, there is not an ounce of caffeine in our entire house (not necessarily on purpose), so I have been having problems staying awake for the first hour or two.
There were several factors in my decision to become a morning person. One came a few years back when one of my professors told me that the whole morning person/night owl thing was actually a choice. To an extent, I knew he was right. Another factor was my lack of self-discipline. I figured this little exercise would help me to gain a little control over my will.
The last big factor was the fact that I’ve never had a consistent devotional life. Now I know that there are many people out there (I am one of them) who believe that devotions don’t need to be a legalistic procedure that you force yourself through every day until they become meaningless. That being said, I can’t think back to a time in my life when I was reading the bible and praying (not for school, that is) for two consecutive months. Not even once a week for two months. The problem is that with my lack of self-discipline, I will fall out of any habit that becomes slightly tiresome, if it doesn’t have an assigned time of day, or seem like it’s important. So for that reason, I have devoted a time slot in my new early-morning routine to studying God’s word and praying.
So, those of you who know me may now be wondering how it’s going? That’s a good thing. Please feel free to ask me that question any time with as much skepticism as you feel is necessary. The skepticism of others is a good incentive for me to “prove them all wrong” so to speak. But, I’m sure I’ll also need people encouraging me too. So whichever skill you’re gifted in, feel free to let loose. Oh, and to answer your question, it’s going well so far. I have a perfect record, and don’t plan on setting my alarm on a Saturday morning ever again (We’ll call it my Sabbath).
Anyways, I’ll try to keep this blog updated on my morning person status every once in a while (but most of you know how I am about keeping blog-promises).