Daily D – Exodus 36:2
So Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and all the others who were specially gifted by the Lord and were eager to get to work. (NLT)
Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab along with all whom God had gifted with the ability to work skillfully with their hands. The men were eager to get started and engage in the work. (MSG)
It’s amazing what gets done when people who are gifted and eager to work begin. Enduring beauty is the result. Where do your gifts and eagerness intersect? How will you beautify this world?
I awoke this morning five minutes before the alarm. Early morning is my favorite time of the day. The day begins with carefully curated coffee, a healthy snack, and time alone with God. The dogs gather with me. My bride a floor below follows a similar routine.
There are days when my routine is interrupted. Life happens. Last Friday, the dogs had an early appointment with the vet. This morning it is snowing. We don’t get much snow, so I had to stop what I was doing for a few minutes to enjoy the tiny flakes before they move on toward the south and east.
It is easier to arise eagerly in the morning when I go to bed on time the night before. The rhythm of early to bed and early to rise has worked quite well over the decades.
Some people have different body clocks. A friend does his best thinking late at night. He puts everyone to bed and then reads, writes, and plans. He does not arise before the sunrise.
When are you most eager to do your best work? Carey Nieuwhof’s book, At Your Best, helps us distinguish when we are at our best, when we can do good work but not with the same intensity of focus, and when we should probably stop attempting to do anything creative. This idea is a gift to us all.
There’s a chance we in this region will work from home today and tomorrow. That’s fine with me. I will still arise at the normal time. I will follow my routine. I will focus on my most important work when I am at my best. I will switch to task completion mode when I am less creative. I will do the grunt work when my powers of focus have been exhausted for the day.
How about you? Are you able to organize your day in a similar manner?
The dogs remind me that my trip to watch the snow fall has delayed their breakfast by six minutes so far. Therefore, I will wrap up these thoughts with an application and a prayer. Join me.
I will maximize my productivity in those hours when I am at my best.
Our Father, thank you for the gifts you give each of us. Thank you for our biological clocks. Thank you for blessing us with those daily hours when we bring focus and eagerness together to join you in beautifying this world. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.