The Value of Mornings
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. (Mark 1:35)
You don't have to be a morning person. You don't have to be the type of person who gets up before the sun to capture the hours before God's world is awake.
But maybe you should be.
Don't punch me in the face if you aren't a morning person. I am, which means I dig early mornings. I am biased. I won't use the verse above to try and make the case that Jesus wants you to set your alarm tomorrow morning - that's not my point. Jesus probably doesn't care that much about when you wake up.
Mornings are a brilliant time, though. Mornings are the quietest times of the day, without social media feeds and phone calls and the busyness of life. Some of us are freshest mentally in the morning and thus mornings are a time to create and pray - to think. Mornings also inform the rest of the day - so if we start strong with God's word in our hearts we will enter the day ready to face trials of various kinds.
Jesus was in fact a morning person. We see that He got up early on numerous occasions to pray and be alone. It was probably the only time He could be alone. Jesus found value in the hours while it was still dark.
It's not that we 'should' or 'ought to' get up early. Those are guilt blankets that unravel and disintegrate after a day. Don't take this writing and decide you're turning over a new leaf - unless you want to. Over the years I have seen plenty of people decide they were going to change their relationship with mornings and like a New Year's resolution the morning routine slipped away one day at a time.
Here is why I think you should consider your relationship with mornings:
1. Mornings are a great time to pray. When you fill your heart with Scripture from the jump, you have a much better chance of facing the day head on with passion and truth.
2. Mornings allow time to yourself. If you are a busy parent of a young family, like I am, you know that you don't have a lot of time to yourself. Early mornings are quiet, still, and provide time to work and create. You could even start a side project. I have written nearly all of Walking Through Walls at my kitchen table before the sun.
3. Mornings can create more time in the day. If you feel like there aren't enough hours in the day, are you grabbing hold of more of them? Now of course you have to sleep and rest is important, but for many people going to bed an hour earlier would be a net gain.
Do what works for you. If you're a night owl and do your best work at night, get after it. But if you aren't sure if you are a morning or night person, I recommend giving mornings a shot.