Adm. William H. McRaven told the graduating class of the University of Texas (viral video) to make their beds. How profound! When you get up and make your bed, that is your first accomplishment for the day. He’s right! If we help ourselves we can help others… Check the Scripture on
We have to take care of ourselves. We have to take care of our body, our spiritual temple. First Corinthians 6:19. Yes, there are times where we can’t do it all. There are situations where we have to take care of family or friends may be in a situation that changes our routines, but hopefully that is an exception.
Think about it. Your body needs rest, physically, mentally, and emotionally. You might need medicine. You might need exercise. You might need other things, but you do have to take care of yourself… physically, mentally, emotionally, and most of all spiritually.
Let me get back to the topic of making your bed. Make your bed, literally.
Also, make your bed mentally when you get up in the morning. Get ready, say “this is a new day! I have things I want to do. I have things I want to accomplish!” Make your bed. Know what your day is going to be about, what you have to do.
Make your bed emotionally,… the same. And, spiritually,… absolutely! The number one most important thing to do in the morning is to start your day with thanksgiving… This morning, when you woke up, did you thank God for letting you wake up? Did you think God for this new day, another chance to do it right? Another chance to share God’s love with someone else? And another chance to bless Him and praise Him? Did you make your bed spiritually?
When I wasn’t faithful, I didn’t make my bed. When I became faithful, I started making my bed. When I became a widow, I started to pay attention to making my bed.
When my husband died, a friend shared some good advice… When your spouse dies, change the. bedroom, change window coverings and most certainly change the bed coverings. Well, I didn’t paint the walls, and I don’t remember about the windows, really. But I did change the bed coverings. It sounded a little bit crazy to me, but I listened.
It made it easier every morning to make my bed. You don’t have to be a widow to start making your bed. It also became easier every morning to make my bed spiritually. And to wake up and thank God that I have another day… Another day to try to do it right… Love God…Love others… Praise Him!
Below is an excerpt from General McRaven’s speech. Read the whole thing if you have time.
If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.
And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made — that you made — and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.
If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.https://news.utexas.edu/2014/05/16/mcraven-urges-graduates-to-find-courage-to-change-the-world/