I am closing in on the end of my first week of school through Liberty University. I am rejoicing! It may have taken 33 years to be open and pursue God’s purpose for my life, but here I am!
With a very busy schedule, I am learning that success for the day, starts long before you rise in the morning. What you do in the evening impacts you the next day. If you check out in the evening because of a “bad day,” or the phone trap, it can carry over into tomorrow unless we do something about it. HOW DOES IT CARRY OVER?
Well, you end up staying up later than you should, to zone out to another episode or the endless phone scroll. The ultimate time suck! Now you are too tired to hit your morning workout and sleep in past your devotion time. Next, breakfast is skipped because you overate the pizza you ordered and you still feel awful. Next you stop for coffee to boost your mood, when you were working to cut back on spending money. And so on.
The success of the day starts in the evening.
1. Give yourself a moment to debrief and handle the pressures of the day that may have been skimmed over because of going from one thing to the next.
3. Plan tomorrow and be more specific than just a general idea.
4. Disconnect! This I thought would be more difficult than it truly is. A very wooded area prevented us from getting satellite tv. We had the boldness to say no to a tv subscription! It has since been 7 months without tv! And we don’t miss it. In addition, we do not have ANY social media apps on our phones anymore. You can’t mindlessly click on it if it isn’t there.
5. Get to bed! Just do it! “It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.” Psalms 127:2 ESV
WHICH ONE OF THE FIVE WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO START TODAY?
Something amazing happens in the night, God’s reset button, if you will. Set yourself up for fulfilling God’s purpose by removing the noise, disconnecting from technology and treating the evening as important as the morning.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
“Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Psalms 30:5b