This summer my friend Kristin and I are co-leading a Bible study with the women of our church. We’re going through the book Shopping for Time by the Mahaney ladies.
Last week I got the opportunity to teach on the ever-so-popular topic of getting up early. Here’s a particularly convicting quote from the chapter. It’s originally from Martha Peace’s book Becoming a Titus 2 Woman:
I have heard of women who pride themselves on being “night people.” That means they have trouble getting up in the mornings because they come alive late at night. They may stay up to all hours reading, watching television — and here I add, using social media — or pursuing some kind of interest. The next morning they are too tired to get up and care for their family. Children are left to fend for themselves. Husbands, too.
These women are not “night people.” They are lazy and selfish. Who would not rather stay up late to do whatever they pleased and sleep late the next day? Lazy people are often busy, but they are not busy doing the work that God has given them to do. They are incredibly self-indulgent…. Once a young wife begins getting up earlier than her children and her husband, she will cease to be a “night person.” She will be tired at night and go to bed at a reasonable hour so she will be there to serve her family the next morning.