I get up early every morning to spend some quiet time with the Lord, praying, reading The Word, and expressing my thoughts as He guides me. It takes obedience and consistency to do what He has called me to do. It's not hard most of the time because He has equipped me for this work. But, as with anything, there are days that I prefer to stay in bed. However, I know that if I don't get going early, the demands of others will overpower me and interfere, and the quality of my time with Him will diminish. If I ever just lay there for an extra amount of time, I'm always sorry. Then I feel like complaining and grumbling because of the distractions when all along it was my own fault for staying in bed. Paul calls grumbling and disputing a blemish! We are to stand out and shine as lights among a crooked world; if we allow negativity to escape our tongue, it makes us appear to be part of the world.
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. Philippians 2:14-15