I decided to actually try and gear this topic for everyone, rather than a specific gender. I wanted to talk about this verse today-
"She rises also while it is yet night, and gives food to her household and work to her maids." Proverbs 31:15.
Although all of Proverbs 31 is directed towards the way a woman should be, I do believe some of these qualities are also applicable to both genders. In this case, the idea of rising up early. Obviously, this woman knows that work is to be done, and so she gets up early to hurry up and tend to things that need to be done rather then procrastinating. I never realized the significance of waking up early until I had bouts of insomnia for a while and would wake up at about 3 or 4 in the morning and decide to spend time on my devotions. Do you realize how much time extra is available when you get up early? I not only had as much quality time as I wanted to spend on my devotions, but I had plenty of time to clean and some more by the time 7 rolled around. I noticed that my devotional life is much better when I wake up early, because I'm not rushed with the worries of the day, nor do I have only a certain amount of time to spend on devotions. My time in the early hours of the morning is unlimited for God. It's important to make good use of our time as the Bible says because the days are evil. After noticing that the Proverbs 31 woman woke up early, I decided it would be wise to force myself to wake up early. Obviously lots can be done in the wee hours of the morning.
Not only does the wise woman get up early, but she also starts off the day figuring out what needs to be done. She has a task of things that need to be done on that day. I am not good at sticking to a schedule or organizing. I'm terrible at it. I've come to realize the importance though of planning ahead of time. When I organize my schedule and plan things ahead of time, I can actually get more things done throughout the day. Sticking to a schedule hour by hour is also an excellent way to be productive throughout the whole day. I'm very lazy, so having a schedule and planning things before hand is a must for me. I've decided I'll take it upon myself to set some short-term goals and plan things before hand, in order to make the most out of time.
It's important to use our time wisely and carefully, always for productiveness, otherwise laziness (evil) will get the better of us!