Regular morning routine

I got my newest set of creative commons pictures yesterday, this time from Death to the Stock Photo. After looking through the photos I settled on writing a post on one of two different ones. One showed an old file cabinet and I thought about how we all store information inside of us and some allow others to see what is in their file cabinet while others keep it locked and hidden away, but I finally decided to talk about this picture.

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I have no idea what book she is reading, but it made me think of my struggles to have a regular morning routine. I want to have one, but I am horrible at consistently doing it. Every night when I go to bed I set my alarm to help me get up early enough to do several things that I want to do. I want to:

  1. Read the Bible
  2. Meditate on what I read
  3. Journal
  4. Shave (well, not every morning, but at least twice a week)
  5. Eat a good breakfast
  6. Exercise

Instead most of my mornings look like:

  1. Regret not having time to read the Bible
  2. Pray quickly while showering
  3. Forget where my journal even is, it’s been so long
  4. Grab some yogurt to eat at work

What is it that makes me not get done, what I want to get done? Is 15-30 more minutes of sleep really worth it?

It makes me think of Paul’s words in Romans 7:14-16 and I love the way the Message sums this up, so I will leave myself and you with these words, keeping in mind the very last part; God’s command is necessary.

14-16 I can anticipate the response that is coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. Isn’t this also your experience?” Yes. I’m full of myself—after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary.

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