Most of us glorify our bad habits to an extent that we reject advice and slowly but surely our conscious dies on that area of weakness. I used to like sleep more than you would understand, my mother hated it so bad but when she spoke I just couldn’t understand what was worrying her. I was a late comer at school and even when the teachers spanked me, it just didn’t get to me.
Fast forward to my working days; I got late at work just because I could not shorten my sleep with just an hour! My husband spoke and gave up, it just could not get to me why everybody wants me to wake up early. I was the kind whom thieves could steal the bed I’m sleeping on without me noticing until morning! “I’m not satisfied with my sleep. After all I need some rest!” that is what I would say. I always had a traffic reason every time I was late at work, but really I was not looking at the fact that had I woke up earlier traffic congestion was not going to affect me that much.
As an entrepreneur I would go to my office late mornings sometimes in the afternoon, I guess I had the freedom to sleep but it was working against me! One day this year I just decided to change my habits, instead of waking up at 9 am I woke up at 6 am. It was not easy for me but I decided to discipline myself and stand by my decision, it worked. By 9 am (which I used to wake up at) I had finished the household chores and by 9:30 am I have bathed and seated on my computer. It is now my lifestyle and it is so fulfilling and more productive. What I have done is just to start my day earlier and the 3 hours which I used for sleeping is now used productively.
Now that being illustrated; I believe there are many people who are living like I used to and they call themselves a virtuous woman or a hard worker, I am sorry to burst your bubble dear friend, you are nowhere close! More especially if you wake up late morning and watch television for an average of 6 hours every day. Proverbs 31:15 describes a virtuous woman as: “she gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.”
Some habits are inexcusable they are clearly a sign of laziness. When things don’t go the way you had planned you start blaming the devil for attacking you when your flesh is the one busy working against your dreams. Proverbs 6:9-11 states that; “How long will you lie there, you sluggards? When will you get up from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, 11 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.”
Idle hands and idle mind are the greatest catalyst to poverty. Do not waste any more time doing useless things but rather invest your time into building your life for success. Success can be financial, health, career or just personal. Every time we feed our bad habits we are killing something in our soul. I was dead to reasoning with sleep but now I thank God I am back to life, I can control my sleep and my sleep does not control me anymore. I took charge of my life, you also can make that change to break any habit that is slowing you down, remember; we can do all things through Christ that gives us the strength.
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