“In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.” Mark 1:35
I’m a night owl. Playing professional baseball for fifteen years and coaching for three with the New York Mets ingrained my flesh to adjust my daily time clock to correspond with the baseball season. Late nights and rising well after the sun was already up became a part of my routine. I would already say that “finding” time to spend with the Lord in a quiet, secluded place was difficult. In all actuality, I was making a “choice” to stay up late which made it difficult to find time early in the morning to spend with Jesus.
Throughout the Psalms, David speaks of rising “in the morning” to sing praises to the Lord (Psalm 59:16), to speak with the Lord (Psalm 5:3), and to order his day (Psalm 119:105), expecting to see the Lord work in his life. What we do in the morning seems to set the stage for what will happen the rest of the day.
Coach, what would it take for you to get up thirty minutes earlier in order to spend a little more time with Jesus, allowing Him to speak to you through His Word and giving you the space and time to talk with Him? Eliminating our excuses and choosing to give Jesus the first part of our morning will help keep our minds on Him and His Word throughout the day.
Coaches and Spouses, here is a routine that you can establish into your morning routine from an earlier OneCoach article entitled, “The Required Minimum Disciplines.”
- Daily reading of your Bible
- Daily time in prayer
- Reading of a secondary Christian source (Book, Magazine, ect.)
– Mickey Weston serves as the Executive Director of Unlimited Potential Inc. He played five seasons in the MLB for the Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets.