I’m a morning person. Case in point, as I sit to write this, it is almost 7:45AM and I’ve already been up for an hour and half.
And it’s Saturday.
Almost six decades ago, my parents named me Dawn. Dad said it had to do with the time of day I decided to make my debut, but I wonder if God was also implanting a personality trait.
Or defect, depending on your internal clock.
I LOVE mornings! I love to watch the sunrise, to be woken up by the song birds. Staying in bed is like putting sugar in iced tea—a perfect waste of a good thing (with apology to my southern neighbors.) I’m recently retired, so every day is Saturday (except Sunday), and if I see the clock at 7, I’ve overslept!
When I was working, however, I realized I needed to be a bit more toned down when entering the office, which was usually just after 7AM. I had already been up over two hours, but my comrades may have only been up thirty minutes with no coffee yet, poor things.
None of my three progeny are morning people, and I have been informed by one of them that I am too loud when I enter a room. Thus, I have tried to learn to be more sensitive to my morning-challenged friends.
Evidently, mine is not a recent phenomenon:
A loud and cheerful greeting early in the morning
will be taken as a curse!
I guess Solomon needed his morning coffee as well.
This verse actually brings us to a somewhat larger issue, however, that of an overall sensitivity to circumstance in general, and personality differences in particular. One thing I have found most informative about some of the personality tests out there has been not only the ability to recognize different personality traits in people, but more importantly how to better communicate within that person’s specific style.
In other words, how can I make my communication more effective? Paul may have had this in mind also:
Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.
Spreading the Good News—that’s ultimately why I’m here.
Which means I can at least be patient while someone drinks his first cuppa-joe.
Proverbs 27:14; 1 Corinthians 9:22,23 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.