Sleep! How I Hate Thee

How long will you stay in bed, you slacker? When will you get up from your sleep?

A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to rest, and your poverty will come like a robber, your need, like a bandit.

–Proverbs 6:9-11

If there was one thing I wish I could do without, it would be more sleep. “Those little slices of death — how I loathe them,” Edgar Allan Poe complained.

It is in the waking hours that we work and play. And haven’t we all wished, at one time or another, that there were more hours in a day?

Unfortunately, for our tiring human bodies, sleep is a necessity. However, the Bible warns us against indulging in it. Each of us has work to do, places to go, people to meet, and things to accomplish. We can’t afford to laze around in bed. Nor should we waste unredeemable minutes in front of the TV, entertaining ourselves on the internet, ‘hanging out’ with friends, attending parties, etc.

reaching-for-alarmSleep, relaxation, and recreation is a good thing. But too much of it, and our livelihood will be ruined. Poverty and failure will sneak up on us like a robber, and we will regret the hours we wasted in laziness.

So, tonight, when your head hits the pillow, get enough sleep…but just enough.

BONUS! Do you have a love/hate relationship with the early morning? Check out these 5 ways to become an early morning person.