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How to get up early

philosophy

The early bird catches the worm

William Camden

I am known as a morning person to many of my friends. Just recently I was in Italy with my best friend and his parents. On our way into the Hotel his mother told me: “You need not get up for breakfast at seven tomorrow.”, obviously expecting I would. But how does getting up early affect our daily life and how do I do it?
I think rising early is not universally good. It is helpful to have time for breakfast before work, have a quiet time and prepare for the day. But if you work in the afternoon only, there will be plenty of time no matter if you get up at five or at ten.
I think there is two more questions, before we get to the question I stated above: First, what does it take to get up early? It takes Time. You either sleep less or spend less time awake at night. Second, what does it give you? You might be more productive in the morning, in this case getting up early will give you the opportunity to seize that peak of productivity. If you are not productive in the morning, it may not help you to get up earlier.
How do I get up early now? I just get up. It’s that easy: as soon as your awake, make it a habit to leave your bed. Check what time it is afterwards. Don’t snooze whether you are using an alarm or not.
(this is from the perspective of someone who is easy to fall asleep again.)
If you see that it is too early, just get back into bed. On the other hand if you see it is a good time to start, go for it. It is perhaps the best and easiest way to get up whenever your circadian clock would wake you up.
(I didn’t consider the fact you could be disturbed by noise. If so, this advice of course is misfit.)

Inventions

statement

Truly, this only I have found:
That God made man upright,
but they have sought out many schemes.

Ecclesiastes 7:29 [NKJV]

I am right now in the process of moving out - from my parents - moving in with a friend from church. This is one in many things I contemplated: is it the right / best thing to do for now? We often think about stuff like that, we just do things we know are wrong so many times. On the other hand there is just so many things in our head that we never do.
(We dream, but we don’t act. - And we do what we never dreamed to.)
Solomon said, we are seeking many schemes / inventions. We invent things, no matter if they are actually important. We invest time in the wrong aspects of life and spend it in the wrong places. It is of course not that easy or simple to solve this problem.
We as Christians can believe, however, to be “made [...] upright”. We can pray to God to reveal us the upright way of life. To bring us back to the simplicity, not to sorrow. Not to question everything, but to receive wisdom.
What do you see in your life? What about our habits might be a “scheme”, something useless seeming useful only in the perspective of our society?

Frozen Friendships

statement

Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 [NKJV]

True. Very true, you are stronger together. But you don't just come together and then everything is fine ... and they lived happily ever after.
Friendships can get dull, cool, even freezing. And you know how fragile frozen stuff is. (Click here if you don't!) So we come back to the qoute and the image above. There is indeed a threefold, or fourfold cord. You have a friendship but you can't right now trust the power of friendship - you have to unfreeze it before you can. So how do you unfreeze a friendship.
I have been on an intership in sweden, many trips and vacation for the last months. Some of the friendships and family relationships I had where put on hold for that period. I feel them unfreezing organically in some cases. For other relationships I don't know the cure yet. Make sure you keep your relationships on a "sound and alive" level and share any advice or thoughts?

Honest feedback or ...

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Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed.

Proverbs 27:5 [NKJV]

Yes ... or what? We often tend to think, somebody else might say it. So we just remain silent. I think it is not really important to Solomon in this passage what we say. It is more about saying the truth, whatever it is. If you like it, say it, leave a comment, follow someone, even tell a friend you love them.
And even if you don't, just tell them how it ought to be, leave a comment, unfollow someone, even tell someone frankly you won't spend time with them, as long as they behave that way.
And for me this one is of personal importance: Tell me what you think about my posts. If it is only a comma you want to correct (I don't really, know where to put them.). Please, tell me what you like, what you think about the topics, just communicate. It is better than not to.

The love of money...

statement

But they lie in wait for their own blood, they lurk secretly for their own lives.
So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain;
It takes away the life of its owners.

Proverbs 1:18-19

The Money takes the life of the owner. Sad story. I am afraid we all tend to be greedy for gain. We just dream of being rich and we try to talk it down. Let us rethink this: Do we really want to be rich for a good reason?
In my opinion there is two ways of making money unimportant: You either have more than you can spend. Or you just don't care about what you wear, eat and what house you live in.
Paul tells us that he learned to practice the latter. What will we make of this?

Slandering Jesus

books

(I didn't put a quote here yet, wanted to recommend this read anyway) Slandering Jesus is a perfect read about some common misconceptions about Jesus. Especially in the time we're in. Right after C.S.Lewis' Mere Christianity in my opinion.

There is more to do

statement

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of the sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in his law he meditates day and night.

Psalm 1:1-2 [NKJV]

Now this scripture tells us to meditate on Gods law day and night - Quite a radical advise. I think it would be a great thing to do, If Jesus had not come yet and there was no "great[er] commission". Now it is required of us to go out and also share what we have meditated on. To share the good news of salvation.

Wild at heart

book

They may be misplaced, forgotten, or misdirected, but in the heart of every man is a desperate desire for a battle to fight, an adventure to live and a beauty to rescue.

John Eldredge's Wild at heart

A while ago a girl was chatting with me at a festival. She asked me to tell her about an adventure I had in my life. Well, I was shook as nothing came to my mind. Not that I could not thing of many amazing things that had happened to me, great things I had done, beautiful places I had been to. Yet there was nothing that my mind allowed me to call it an adventure.
It must be something more dangerous, something that could really kill me - this adventure. What do you think it could be for you?

Mere Christianity

book

It is hard because so many people cannot be brought to realise that when B is better than C, A may even be better than B.

C.S.Lewis - Mere Christianity

This book is amazing to me. I highly recommend to take some time, get a copy and just read this book. It is things every one of us could have thought - to some extend perhaps should have thought. Yet most of us haven't thought that way. C.S.Lewis was a great mind and whoever wants something to read besides his bible, might as well start with him.
The interesting thing about this quote is, how often indeed we cling to a pleasure and try to get back the thrill, we felt at first, when it is meant to bring us to other new pleasures when worked out in a right way. You will lose the thrill of a beautiful spot some time after you moved there, but you might experience a new pleasure there, like gardening, drawing closer with the people, fishing or whatever there is.
In what areas in your life might you have gone wrong in clinging to B, when there was an A to move on to?

Like father like son

statement

And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, yet not like his father David; he did everithing as his father Joash had done.

2 Kings 14:3[NKJV]

We know that parents are the best rolemodels. Even though we tend to negate it, what our parents allready reached is most probable to be reached by us too. We are strongly influenced by our mom and dad, we are fast to apply their strenghts as well as their weaknesses to our own identity and character. What can we do to conserve all the good attributes, while throwing away every bad inheritance? Maybe like an apple you need to be carried out of the shadow of the branches of your parents to develop your full potential - to procreate properly.