19 September 2007

Love sleep?

13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
NIV: Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.

Note, 1. Those that indulge themselves in their ease may expect to want necessaries, which should have been gotten by honest labour. "Therefore, though thou must sleep (nature requires it), yet love not sleep, as those do that hate business. Love not sleep for its own sake, but only as it fits for further work. Love not much sleep, but rather grudge the time that is spent in it, and wish thou couldst live without it, that thou mightest always be employed in some good exercise." We must allow it to our bodies as men allow it to their servants, because they cannot help it and otherwise they shall have no good of them. Those that love sleep are likely to come to poverty, not only because they lose the time they spend in excess of sleep, but because they contract a listless careless disposition, and are still half asleep, never well awake. 2. Those that stir up themselves to their business may expect to have conveniences: "Open thy eyes, awake and shake off sleep, see how far in the day it is, how thy work wants thee, and how busy others are about thee! And, when thou art awake, look up, look to thy advantages, and do not let slip thy opportunities; apply thy mind closely to thy business and be in care about it. It is the easy condition of a great advantage: Open thy eyes and thou shalt be satisfied with bread; if thou dost not grow rich, yet though shalt have enough, and that is as good as a feast."

-Matthew Henry Commentary on Prov 20:13

Holy smokes. This has such great timing, as last night, I went to sleep at 630pm, and woke up this morning. About 9.5 hours of sleep, and although I was rejoicing in this matter, I've realized that I wasn't being as effective as I could have been. I should stayed awake longer to be faithful to my work (studying for test this morning) and to be with Him. I could have gone to bed on time...and still been ok.

Thank you Lord for revealing it to me...and for your grace and forgiveness. You are amazing, and I don't deserve anything.

Signing off-with a revelation and a lesson learned

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