Certain practices will create the soil for continual growth for a lifetime. One such practice is creating Glorious Mornings.
For many years in my life, the words “glorious” and “mornings” did not belong together. My mornings were rushed and exhausted. Each weekday morning began as late as possible, while still allowing me to get to work on time. Each weekend morning began as late as possible since I was trying to catch up on missed sleep from the week. Weekends and weekdays all started on the wrong foot. The sad thing is that I didn’t really think that there was anything I could do about it.
Years ago I drew a line in the sand and changed my ways.
I came to realize that most of my problems in the morning stemmed from the night before. Too many nights filled with mindless TV, social media, surfing the web, extended workdays or gaming. After that, I went to bed way too late because I was so desperate for “me” time. I was so tired from hard days, I “wound down” in ways that sabotaged my morning possibilities. Wasted evenings crushed any hope for a glorious morning.
Mornings have the possibility of becoming glorious when we allow enough time that we don’t feel rushed.
With unrushed mornings we can relax, we can think, we can pray, we can breathe. For example, when we allow ourselves the space to make a morning
It all sounds so easy, but I know from experience that changing longstanding habits is really hard. Life with children and demanding jobs that begin early make early morning routines challenging. For each person, the path toward better mornings is different. For almost everyone, better mornings lead to better days. Here are a few practical suggestions. Pick the ones that work for you.
- Be rigid about getting enough sleep to wake up refreshed.
- Have a cutoff time for technology each night. The app Freedom will automate this habit for you.
- Reduce your reliance on TV, social media, gaming, and surfing the Web as the only ways to relax.
- Be creative with your precious mornings. Enjoy reading, praying, journaling, being in nature, uplifting music. Avoid formulas that become ruts. Find life and seek God.
I am convinced that years of experiencing glorious mornings will transform our heart and our character than almost any other habit we practice.
It will likely take a while to find the groove of less wasteful evenings and more enriching mornings. Persist in the effort and reap a lifetime of reward.