Last night I found myself yawning while halfway through that stunning foray into modern film making that is the movie, “Twister.”
Right when it was getting “good,” I got up, turned off the TV and lights, locked the doors and went to bed. I had begrudgingly remembered the lesson I learned in Seminary (not in class, that would have been too practical) that sometimes Spiritual Disciplines are as much about what you don’t do as they are about what you do – the routines you practice seeking Spiritual growth.
More succinctly put, being well rested allows a fresh mind and body to pursue God. Sometimes that means going to bed instead of staying up and watching TV, reading, playing games, cruising Main Street… you get the idea.
This is against my nature, and I mean more than just my “sin nature.” I’m a night owl. I like to stay up as late as is humanly possible and then meander off to bed in a fog of semi-consciousness.
Then the pesky alarm goes off and I have to wake up and start the day. For me, after showering and dressing, I go through my devotion time.
But I do poorly, if I’ve stayed up late. I labor to focus and persist in prayer less. Then I struggle through the day, buoyed by neither a good night’s rest nor a significant time with God.
One other thing that derails me: Being on the computer when it’s time to start my devotion.