Morning after morning, year after year, I crawled out of bed way too late, feeling like a loser and convinced of it as the lateness kept me from productivity.
I’d been reading Jolina Petersheim’s blog for a while when she started posting about how she got up early. I stalked the page to learn her secrets as I imagined all the things I could do if I got up early enough to be productive at 6 in the morning.
Time passed, more babies came, and those dreams of rising with the chickens stayed dreams. Jolina’s example stuck with me, though, and – praise be – it's pretty much stuck. For over a year I've been an early riser! Thank You Jesus! You can read about that here. (Names and details are invented or embellished to protect the embarrassed. Me.)
What’s so funny is that, in this part 2 of Jolina’s interview, she shares with me how short-lived that “resolution” to get up early really was.
And you know what? I wonder if Jolina felt those blog posts about rising early were in vain.
They weren’t. Not for me.
Those accounts of her ambitious goals that she thought fell flat caught hold in my soul and eventually bore fruit. Even though, to her, they may have felt like a big fail.
Isn’t that cool?!
Who knows what new thing you’ve started, or I’ve started, that was just another flop sparked something lasting in someone on the sidelines?
God uses the weak. The foolish. The ones who feel so unworthy. Probably the biggest thing that keeps Him from using us is when we feel so qualified we’re unthankful He stoops to think on us at all!
Enjoy the podcast!
***One note on a section of this episode when I misspoke: I said, “It’s so easy to get separated from that love.” That’s the opposite of the truth. Nothing can separate us from His love.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39