Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Early to bed and early to rise

1 Corinthians 3:11 "For no one can lay any foundation than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ."

This is not just part of a folklore proverb, but is great wisdom for any farmer. Firstly it is a symbolic gesture to help us to make the most use of all the time, the sunlight hours and all the opportunities that the Lord gives us, but also by getting up early in the morning, the rising sun gives us a real appreciation of the beauty of God’s creation.

Early morning is the time for talking to the Lord and for making final decisions for the days work and for allocating work and giving instructions to your team. This is the time to be the sharpest we can, and this means that we should get to bed early.

Getting to bed early is the key factor in rising early, and is a mini-model that helps us to teach ourselves how to plan all our operations properly. This is a critical discipline that determines the standard of farmer you will be. I have studied the ways of some of the best farmers I have met, and early rising is common to all of them.

It is an exercise in planning, because in order to consistently rise early, your whole day must revolve around the priority of going to bed early. It is also a mini exercise in macro planning and leadership because you have to get your whole family and household to understand and take on board this very high priority. It is important to share with them the Lord’s viewpoint and priority of this discipline,and how the whole family and team will benefit from going to bed early.

“In vain you rise early and stay up late. . .”(Psalm 127: 2)

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