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Don't Lose That First Battle

"Conquer yourself each day from the very first moment, getting up on the dot, at a set time, without granting a single minute to laziness.  If, with the help of God, you conquer yourself at that moment, you'll have accomplished a great deal for the rest of the day.  It's so discouraging to find yourself beaten in the first skirmish!"   St. Josemaria Escriva from The Way, (191)

Here is the scene:  You hear an annoying, glaring sound coming from your phone. No, it isn't a nightmare. You look around the room and you realize that it is still dark.   It can't be! You think to yourself.  It's time to get up.  You press your snooze button  a dozen more times before you finally awaken.  Now you're late for work.  You only have about 10 minutes to get ready.  You curse the day before it even begins. You leave with your burned coffee and bagel shoved in your mouth. 

Does this sound familiar?

Let's face it mornings are dreadful for most of us.  No one likes to hear the jolting sound of an alarm clock.  There is something so cruel about being shocked out of sleep. This frantic, familiar ritual is not the best way to begin a day.  It is OK to wake up tired,  but its not OK to delay waking up at an appointed time.  Why?  Because it
 sets the tone for your entire day.  If you do not get up punctually and deliberately, then everything else suffers, even your spiritual life.  If you are too busy shoving that nutri grain breakfast bar down your throat as you fly out the door, how can you get in the proper state to pray, to offer your gratitude for waking up, or for having another day to love God and others?  
Maybe, just maybe if we ask God for the willingness, the next time that alarm goes off, we will get up immediately and say a short prayer.  If we do this, we will be laying the proper foundation for a Godly, Christ centered day.  Sure, it might be unbearably difficult for the first couple of minutes, but once we train our minds, we will begin to look forward to mornings instead of dreading them. 


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