Early to bed, early to rise . . .

Makes a man healthy
This year the ability to turn in early and rise early have been part of the fulfillment of Dad’s blessing for physical strength and endurance last April. Since then I can remember having only one sick day. It was here in Taoyuan during one of our days off and didn’t interfere with our teaching which was providential in itself. In a work as this is, faithfulness is key. The Lord has been my strength so that I have never needed an extra day off; Dad and Mom have been faithful building into us strong eating and sleeping habits; and in addition to that I’ve been emboldened by the example of many in history who have left their influence through Scripture and biography. I am very grateful.

And wealthy
While the self-control which motivates early rising plays a key role also in financial decisions, I would say that my primary “wealth” this semester has been the relationships the Lord has brought my way. Yesterday morning for example I had a lot on my mind but the opportunity came for a chat with the English teacher who works at the school next door. In twenty minutes of hearty conversation I received as much encouragement and satisfaction as several hours of “getting things done“. But once again I realized that it was a conversation that wouldn’t have taken place if I wasn’t up early.

And wise
Last but not least is the experience of finding the objective wisdom which comes from seeking the Lord early: early in life, early in the morning, early in a situation or problem. Flag-raising is at 8:00 each WednesdayWarm welcomePutting the important things first establishes the equilibrium needed for the time ahead. I will be eternally grateful for the time God provides each morning to spend with Him. It’s as though I have the open invitation each morning to have a one on one meeting with a president, a professor in my area of interest or a precious, faithful friend!

May God show Himself faithful as we show ourselves faithful in the daily disciplines which mean so much.


  1. James December 13, 2007 at 9:09 pm #

    Thank you Donald for your example! Your post came up at the right time; I needed some more encouragement for getting up early. One morning, I was mistaken about the date of an event so I was up and ready to go by 6:00. When Robert and I realized we were one day early, we were able to return to our apartment and spend a full hour in prayer! This was the first time we had done this since arriving here in Chicago a few weeks ago. Early rising sure does make a man wealthy!

  2. Don and Donna Staddon January 6, 2008 at 6:39 pm #

    Thank you for the encouragement in this godly discipline. Your mother and I are motivated to be up early, especially following the irregular holiday schedules. I was up early hunting for deer; how much more valuable to hunt for God’s wisdom.

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