I half remember groggily hitting the snooze button on my phone's alarm this morning, fully expecting it to go off again, but, to my surprise, the alarm decided to let me sleep. Love the mornings when you don't have to go to class because it's a scheduled break given to you by your professor.
Despite the slow start up, I can honestly describe this morning as a very awake one because my spirit hasn't felt this wide awake in a long time. This might be due to the extensive scripture study I was able to do yesterday. That really does make such a difference in one's day.
The experiences of this week, combined with this morning, have caused me to question the difference between being spiritually awake and spiritually asleep. What causes these events to occur, whether of sleep or wakefulness.
Physically those questions should have fairly simple answers. We sleep when we need to restore the expended energy that was accumulated the previous night to last throughout our day.
So, what does this mean for our spirits? What kind of rest and reaccumulation of energy is required to rejuvenate and restore them for the needed spiritual expenditures of each day?
Do they also struggle to wake up when we haven't given them the rest required to face the day?
This world is turbulent and it can be a morally exhausting daily routine if we don't also pay attention to the most important rest for our souls.
Each day if we will take time to
- Immerse ourselves in the word of God and engage our souls with Him in prayer as we do so, then we will be on the right track to building up the energy that it takes to make it through each day.
- Going to the temple, inside if you are able to do so but the grounds also work too, is a great form of rest and restoration of spiritual energy that everyone needs.
- Try to stay as close to spiritual places throughout your day and you'll find the energy filling up the spiritual tank there too.
- Going to institute, church, and having Gospel discussions with your friends can also tip that spiritual meter towards where it needs to be.
I pledge to take the Lord with me today by taking the time to invite Him in by study and by faith.
What will you do?