Perspective and insights about sleep!
Sleep is very important. God’s wisdom and balance are needed, and sleep affects each person differently. I personally know about too little sleep form working for sixteen years on the night crew in the grocery industry. It was not easy, and I was tired many times in those years. Understand also, it was very difficult to work in that environment in the middle of the night when people usually sleep since not all people were believers.
Those years taught me to sleep anywhere. I even learned how to sleep at a stoplight but only if my wife was with me. I would put the car in park at the stoplight and ask my wife to wake me up when the light turned green, I can still do this today. Many times, I would have a dream during red-light sleep time. I can go a long way on a three-minute power nap.
We need our rest for good health but sometimes it does not work out. Over time things change.
Here are some insights to consider about sleep, that may help our understanding.
As believers in Christ Jesus and involving our devotion with the Lord, it would be wise to establish the discipline of rising early. In this busy world, it is vital, especially if we have young children.
I was in ministry while working the night crew shift: therefore, it was crucial to spend time with the Lord before and after work. I needed that time with Him for strength to maintain my testimony as a believer and always be ready to preach, teach, train and minister to God's people. That time also gave me the strength to minister on the music worship team playing drums for about twenty-six years.
In those twenty-six years, there were two main areas of ministry, (1) Church Ministry (2) Ministry for the lost, working with those who needed Jesus. I had to be very careful and not overwork myself and get sick. In that environment, sleep was a big deal!
My love and loyalty for prayer and studying God’s Word (with the application) are still, very high.
Throughout the thirty-seven years in the grocery industry, my goal was to come out of each working shift with something of eternal value, not just stocking shelves...
I said all this to say, it would be wise to establish the discipline of rising early, be loyal to the heavenly Father in prayer, study, and application of His precious Word to advance His kingdom, and His cause!
Getting up early in the morning strikes at the very heart of slothfulness.
If necessary, be accountable to others for getting up on time. Resist the temptation to get just a little more sleep. When you wake up, get up!
A proper amount of sleep is essential for good health, and it is a gift from God. However, God warns us that too much sleep is destructive.
Beware of the bondage of sleep: “As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed” (Proverbs 26:14).
Beware of sleep that disables: “Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger” (Proverbs 19:15).
Beware of loving sleep: “Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread” (Proverbs 20:13).
Beware of sleep that robs: “Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: so shall thy poverty come as one that traveleth; and thy want as an armed man” (Proverbs 24:33–34).
Beware of untimely sleep: “He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame” (Proverbs 10:5).
Beware of too much sleep: “How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?” (Proverbs 6:9).
“How long will you sleep, O sluggard? When will you arise out of your sleep? 10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to lie down and sleep— 11 So will your poverty come like a robber or one who travels [with slowly but surely approaching steps] and your want like an armed man [making you helpless].” Proverbs 6:9-11 (AMP)
Original source: “How can I overcome slothful habits?” ©Institute in Basic Life Principles. Used with permission.
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