My husband and daughter are not morning people! They enjoy the morning, but not if they have to get out of bed. They love to lay around and take their time easing into the day instead of jumping up and hitting the floors full force into their day.
My son and I, on the other hand, are total opposites. We enjoy our mornings and get up quickly to savor them. I have to admit, it was kind of rotten when my son was young, because he was up super early, but we learned if we put him to bed later at night then his early bird personality was at least bearable.
The other morning, my husband said to me, “I don’t know how you get up an hour early every morning to do your meditation time.” I just chuckled to myself, and stayed silent, but in my head I was thinking—I don’t know how anyone doesn’t do it.
My meditation time is my time to focus on myself, and how I want to transform myself to become a better person. It’s a very important time when I make time for God and read his word. It’s my time to look at myself and figure out what my purpose is in this world. I live for my meditation time.
The other day studying Deuteronomy 10, one verse really touched me. Moses was teaching the people that he brought out of Egypt what life should be lived like in the Promised Land, and was reviewing what had happened when he came down the mountain with the two stone tablets with the commandments on them. Deuteronomy 10:16 states, “Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn.”
Circumcise the foreskin of your heart? Really? What do you think they meant when they wrote those words? To me, I feel like it means to cut away the selfishness that engulfs every one of our hearts. We have to lift the layers of self-centerness and put everybody’s happiness above our own. We are human, and we are selfish but it should be our goal to transform our hearts more towards the likeliness of the heart of God.
How many of us actually care more if others are happy over our own happiness? I know it is easy for me to put my children’s happiness above my own, but other than my children I tend to have a selfish heart. I’m learning to peel away these layers of my heart to get to the inner core and try to put every person’s happiness above my own, but it is hard work. If I didn’t make the time every morning to sit and gather my own energy from within and continue to educate myself in God’s word I would find it near impossible.
I sit and think about the person that I used to be, and how self-centered I was and I am ashamed. Our thoughts and feelings are a reflection of what our true spirits are. I’m proud to say that I don’t even have as many selfish thoughts anymore since I started meditating on having a good heart and trying to tap into the power of the energy of God inside of me.
Some people, like my husband, may think I am strange, but I think those who don’t take time in the mornings to better themselves are strange. I’ve always been a huge fan of personal improvement. I didn’t like reading until I started reading parenting books trying to better myself as a parent and a teacher. Now, I’m a maniac over reading the Bible, and learning all I can about the power that we have inside of us.
Try circumcising your heart. Anyone who comes into your world today, think to yourself, how can I make them happy. Any time you have a negative thought about someone, turn it to a positive. See the positive in everyone and everything. Put yourself last in the line of happiness and see how that makes you feel. That is just step one in the process of circumcising your heart, but once you start peeling off the layers, I guarantee you are going to love it, and might even start giving the first five minutes of your day to saying a prayer of praise for all that you have.
There is a great app called the First Five, check it out, it’s free! Once you see what five minutes of this does, you will crave more and more and might even end up being strange like me! Give it a try. Five minutes is all it takes!