It is such a beautiful day. I’m sitting here in the living room with the windows open to let the sunlight and cool breeze in. Angela is taking a nap on the couch and Reign of Fire is on the TV. It’s a pretty stupid movie but sometimes I like watching stupid movies. Sitting here I realize that I miss sunlight. I don’t get nearly enough of it. I go drive to work while the sun is still rising and by the time I get out and home it is already setting, at least this time of year. The point is I am sunlight deprived. Now there is currently anything that I can about that but I have been realizing that there are a lot of other areas where I have been deprived that I can do something about.
I have been sleep deprived. I have been getting, at best, an average of 5 hours of sleep per night. I am well aware that there are many people sleeping as little or even less than myself but I am learning that it has been having an adverse effect on my work, leadership, creativity, time with God and many other areas. In this season of lent there are many people giving up all kinds of things. I am going to start giving up some things as well. I am going to start giving up waking hours. My plan is to get myself on a regular sleep schedule. This is going to be very difficult for me because I have a tendency to be a workaholic but I now know it is a necessity if I am going to live long enough to do all God is asking of me with any amount of excellence. Starting tonight, providing I can sneak out of the Oscar party I have been invited to, I will be going to bed by 10:30. This should provide me with 8 hours of sleep each night. My hope is that I will be more focused the hours I am awake and therefore far more productive.
As leaders we many times need to protect things that seem like novelties. Has sleep become a novelty to you that must be sacrificed for the sake of your call or is something to be protected?