Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
For people who normally wake up early, sleeping in later on occasion is a treat. It can be a wonderful change of pace not to have to get up at the crack of dawn to get ready for work. To wake up, look at the clock and then be able to turn over and go back to sleep can be an awesome experience.
However, our scripture today warns us not to get too comfortable with that type of lifestyle. As you read the book of Proverbs, it is easy to see that Solomon was big on working hard. He often had harsh words for those who were lazy. Given the many proverbs or words of wisdom that Solomon directed at those considered to be “sluggards,” it is not likely that Solomon “slept in” too many mornings.
If we are to be prosperous or even just be able to take care of ourselves and our responsibilities, we must not sleep when we should be working. Whatever our chosen profession requires, be it manual labor or intense intellectual sessions, we must make sure that we are doing our best. We have to let go of our comfortable pillows and blankets, crawl out of bed, get ourselves together and be prepared for our day. If not, we may find ourselves without a job, clients, or the prospects we need to keep our business endeavors going.
Sometimes though, we can be wide awake physically, but sleep mentally and emotionally. This can have the same effect on our business. We must open our eyes to the things around us and make sure that we are not “sleeping” on new things in our business and industries. We must open our eyes and stay sharp concerning what is going on around us. Are there things that you are “sleeping” on that you should pay more attention to? Is technology or new innovations passing you by because you are too lazy to learn more about them? If so, wake up! Don’t allow your “sleepiness” to ruin your pursuits.
Lord, help me to wake up and be present in my life and business. Give me insight to see the new trends that are going on around me and the wisdom to know how to pursue them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.