Rise and Shine


I was in Washington, D.C. this past weekend and to get from the airport to our hotel on Friday we utilized the Metro train station. I took the above picture from the inside of the station on a column. It reminded me of a conversation that I had with my Bishop not too long ago. I was telling him how God had been challenging and urging me to get up earlier than I typically would. He responded and said, “yes, if you look at major leader’s sleep patterns you will notice that they do not sleep as long as most.” This was confirmed and supported by another person of great success that I know and they shared how successful people are typically morning people.

The column inside of the train station says, “When you believe more, you sleep less.” When you think about it, this statement holds great truth and much validity. Some characteristics of a successful person are:

  • A visionary person– They are always envisioning new and innovative ideas and producing God given masterpieces. Hence, they dream less and do more.
  • A persistent and diligent person- They are very intentional and thoughtful about the way in which they utilize their time. They are also “finish what you start” type of individuals that will see a project to its completion despite any arising obstacles between point A and point B.
  • A giver– They understand the reaping and sowing factor to their success. They realize the importance of giving if getting is desired.
  • A person of action- They put the walk with their talk. Once given a vision they act on it with forward movement. They have a plan and utilize it to help them progress and achieve the goal.
  • A person of little excuse- They take responsibility for their actions/or lack of actions.

There are others but these are the top 5 that come to my mind (in no order of importance). Are successful people born? I would say yes and no. Yes, simply because some people are wired in such a way with certain traits and temperament that enable them to do these things with ease. Contrary to this, I would say no because like with any talent, in order to get better at it you must practice. So I do feel that people can become morning people, become people of great intention, become motivated people, become purposeful people, and become successful people at whatever level of success they are to achieve.

When you believe more, you sleep less” is now a constant reminder to me that our time is precious and that we need to make every moment count. Making adjustments in our daily lives (i.e. going to bed earlier), minimizing distractions (i.e. separating ourselves from unhealthy relationships), and being a person with great faith and belief in the promises spoken over our lives will be a few (out of many other) factors that will help us achieve our goals, obtain our promises, and produce continuous fruit.


∆ Phone God: Thank you Daddy for your persistent and unfailing love that you have for us. That in itself is an example for us as to how we should be in our own lives; persistent, determined, and un-waivered! Help us to become more like you and help us to begin to strengthen and develop the needed characteristics and factors that we will need to achieve our goals and to see our visions come to fruition. Thank you that today is a new day, full of new opportunities, and new chances. In Jesus name, amen.

∆ Chew on this:

  • Proverbs 6:6-11
  • “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” -Galatians 6:9
  • “He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful.” – John 15:2
  • “Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.” – Proverbs 10:4
  • “A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” – Proverbs 13:4
  • “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” – Malachi 3:10
  • “…From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” – Luke 12:48

∆ Ponder on this:

  • As you can see in the few scriptures above, it is very clear as to who achieves success and how they achieve it. What are some traits that you feel you are lacking or could improve in to help further you in your own personal life/career? (i.e. self- discipline, motivation, time management, belief, etc…)
  • If you have yet to reach some of your goals then think about some possible reasons and solutions for them. For example, if you are having a hard time graduating college then a possible reason could be because you hardly go to class and a possible solution could be for you to adjust your schedule so that you are not too tired or distracted when it comes time for class.

∆ Act on this:

  • Of the traits you listed above, choose one or two and come up with a plan as to how you can improve in that trait for this week. For example, if you have time management issues then create a “to-do list” this week for each day for all of the tasks you need to accomplish on a daily basis.


© Trillion Small 2013 All Rights Reserved


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