Feb 6, 2009

The Heroic Minute

I often find I don’t have enough time in my day to get everything done I think I need to get done. Tons of little stuff eats away. Plus I have a full time job. Plus I have a wonderful full time family.
I have discovered a secret.

I haven’t mastered it yet, mind you…still working on it.

Here it is.


The secret…is getting up early.

Yep, that’s the secret. If I get up at 5:00 am just 5 days each week, I will actually add 1 whole work day to my week…for free! Imagine if someone said to you, “I know you’re real busy. Tell you what we're gonna do, just for you. Every Saturday, we’re going to stop time for 8 hours just for you. That’s right, we will actually stop the clock 8 whole extra hours for you to get done whatever you want to get done!”

All you have to do is get up early. And it’s not easy…which is the real problem in this whole scenario. In fact, it is such a problem and takes such effort and is often so difficult, that spiritual writers in the past actually called this “The Heroic Minute” referring to the sacrifice this habit entails! One writer described it this way:

"'The heroic minute'. It is the time fixed for getting up. Without hesitation: a supernatural reflection and... up! The heroic minute: here you have a mortification that strengthens your will and does no harm to your body." He said that virtue is an orderly thing and that waking up at a fixed time enables a person to fulfill a Christian plan of life involving prayers, study and work.

Feeling heroic?

Drawing by Jeff Appel