By Hannah Nelson – Kids Ministry Pastor
I Love My Snooze Button!
For all my fellow night owls out there, don’t you just love to sleep in? My whole life I have enjoyed staying up late at night, I’ve always felt that I was more productive in those late-night hours. But we live in a world that operates (in general) on an early morning routine. My kids have to be up early for school, businesses begin opening at 8:00, the sun rises in the morning for goodness sake! I typically have a hard time waking up in the morning. Many people have told me that if I just would get into a normal sleeping routine I would turn into a morning person. I don’t believe it! I must admit that I push my snooze button several times before my eyes even open up. My body just needs some time to become fully awake. And though I treasure my sleep-in day on the weekend, I recognize that I can’t live like a teenager for my whole life, staying up till midnight and sleeping in till noon.
I made a choice in the last few years: I would pretend to be a morning person. This is much easier said than done. But as an adult, a parent, and a pastor, my life demands that I am functional in the earlier part of the day. So, I decided to fake myself into it. This required some extra resources. I started by playing up-beat, crazy music when I would get ready. Imagine having your own dance party while flat ironing your hair. My kids would come into my room and roll their eyes at my silly antics. I also found that a caffeinated drink aided in my wake-up skills. But the biggest change I made was in my attitude. I decided that no matter how tired I was in the morning that I would have to “fake it till I make it.” This isn’t to suggest that being inauthentic is my goal, it’s that I had to change my action in order to change my attitude.
After some time of this new routine I began to feel a little bit like a morning person, it was so strange! I was actually enjoying my morning routine, the early sunshine, the cool air, the quiet house. I was amazed that just a little shift in my attitude would have such a big impact. I was feeling joyful in the mornings now, unlike before when my morning greeting to my husband was just a grunt. I went from complaining that my alarm was going off to smiling before my eyes opened. My attitude adjustment didn’t just come from sheer will-power, it came from God giving me the strength. If it was up to me, I would still be sleeping in every day. When I choose to let God be my source and my strength, I am choosing to let Him transform me into a better person. I can appreciate the sweet moments in the mornings that I had previously over-looked.
So, night-owls, join with me and embrace the mornings! God may have some surprises in store for you that you just might be sleeping through.
“My heart is confident in you, O God; No wonder I can sing your praises! Wake up, O lyre and har! I will wake the dawn with my song.” Psalm 57:7-8