So, about that Early Morning Challenge. The one where I challenged us to wake up early every day this week. I did a fantastic job waking up early on Day #1. After that, not so much.
I knew this would be a difficult challenge; but, at the rate I was going, I was tempted to chalk this up to yet another failed self-imposed challenge. And I might have done just that except I realized, the week isn’t over. In fact, I have three more days to get at it. And while tomorrows certainly aren’t promise, each day is another opportunity to do something new.
Sure, I overslept on Day #2 and #3 because I stayed up way too late checking social media and cleaning house.
And yes, I managed to wake up early on Day #4 only to doze off during my prayer time.
But the thing is, steady, consistent change over time—not perfection—is our target. Sleeping in here and there shouldn’t define the rest of our efforts. When we start moving beyond the status quo, a pesky thing called resistance, as author Steven Pressfield names it in his book, War of Art, will do all it can to keep us from doing something different. In our case, resistance would rather keep us tucked warmly in our beds.
The good thing is when we have the strength of God behind us, this resistance doesn’t have to win. We can do this, but we will probably need His help. Look back over your why to remind yourself of why you are waking up early. Set your alarm for tomorrow morning and ask God for the discipline and will to wake up early.
The week is not over, my friend.