Do I go to bed on time and get up on time?
TUESDAY — 01.12.21 · Genesis 2:2-3, Psalm 3:3-6
Wesley’s question, “Do I go to bed on time and get up on time?” is about being rested for the work of God in the world, yes. However, his question also points to our willingness to live a disciplined life in general. “Do I go to bed on time and get up on time?” is like code for “Are you rested and at your best to meet the challenges of the day, and ultimately represent God well and help make the world a better place?”
⇒ Think about a time you’ve felt exhausted and depleted. What was your behavior like at that time? How good were the decisions you made when you were in that state of exhaustion? How would you answer John Wesley’s question, both on the surface level (adequate hours of sleep) and on its deeper level (rested enough to make the world a better place)?
⇒ Choose a reasonable bedtime this week, one that will provide you with a good amount of rest, and stick to it. Perhaps it’s a half hour before you usually go to bed, or perhaps it’s a lot earlier than that. Don’t allow emails, television, or anything else that really can wait until the next day to interfere with that time you’ve set.
Prayer: God, help me be disciplined in my sleep and in my times of rest and recreation. I pray that I’ll be willing to stick to a schedule that allows me to be my best for your Kingdom’s sake. Amen.