I’m a morning person. I absolutely love getting up early and spending some quiet time alone with my Bible. This is the time of day I most absorb all that God is saying to me. It’s my most creative time too. In fact, I so love getting up early that most mornings I’m awake before my alarm clock goes off.
But not this morning.
Today my alarm clock began playing Way-FM and I felt like I was in a fog. It took me a minute or so to even open my eyes and sit up.
I was about to press ahead with my morning, when I thought, “I should sleep some more.”
You see, I’ve learned a few things about myself. When I’m tired…
- I have a shorter attention span.
- I’m not as creative.
- I’m not as patient.
- I am more prone to give in to temptation.
- I make decisions that are too short-sighted.
- I’m more susceptible to colds and flu.
So I re-set the alarm and slept another hour.
Sometimes a little extra sleep is one of the most important things you can do to improve your physical health, your emotional stamina, and your spiritual maturity.
UPDATE: In my book Shepherd Leadership: The Metrics That Really Matter I have five chapters about a leader’s health—mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health is vital to a leader’s effectiveness and longevity.