Lover of Sleep: Proverbs for the Young

Friday Assembly: Headmaster’s Address (December 2, 2016)

Proverbs 20:13
Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty;
Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with bread.

Old man asleep by a fire
Painting by Rembrandt

This is a hard proverb for me to hear. If you know me well, you know that I love to sleep—especially in the mornings. I love sleeping in and waking up late. If it were not for this proverb and others like it, I might be very tempted to sleep in all the time. Praise God He has taught me wisdom so that I do not become poor. God has taught me the dangers of loving too much sleep. In the Army when I was a soldier I had to wake every day before the sun would rise. God was teaching me how to wake up and be ready for work. Now that I work at a school I have to wake up extra early each day to help get everything ready for school.

How early do you wake up each day? Do you wake up and open your eyes ready to be satisfied? Do you wake early enough to help your parents get everything ready for School? Remember this proverb… do not be a lover of sleep.