I had a hard time last month finding any sort of rhythm in my life. Alycia started teaching and all the hard work I’d done over the previous year to get my life in sync went out the window. Spending time with Jesus, running and writing all took a hit as I simply tried to get enough done for each day. I was more than happy to do everything I could to help Alycia and be with Clara, even if it meant some of my personal rhythms fell out of time.
It’s a brand new month and I’ve got a better idea of what life is going to look like from here on out. So I’m trying to find some new rhythms for my life, which for some reason always includes waking up earlier and going to bed earlier. Yesterday morning (early in the morning) I read a verse from Psalm 90 that encouraged me at that early hour:
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
God does satisfy us in the morning. I know plenty of people connect with God at different times throughout the day, but the morning has always been the most effective time for me. I love starting out my day with God and hopefully allowing that to influence the next 16 hours.
In honor of how great the mornings are for spending time with God, here are some great nerdy mornings.
The Two Towers is probably my favorite Lord of the Rings movie. They’re all great, but I really like The Two Towers’ pacing and the battle at Helm’s Deep. There’s so much to love about the battle at Helm’s Deep. It’s a big battle that really feels like it last all night long. Instead of Lionel Richie, though, Helm’s Deep brought us legions of Uruk-hai. Just when the battle reached its most desperate point, when defeat was imminent, morning dawned and hope was found again. Gandalf and Eomer appearing with the sun is one of my favorite moments ever caught on film. That moment reminds us that no matter how dark the night, morning is always ready to break through.
Oblivion is one of my favorite video games of all time; the gameplay and story combined to create one of the most compelling gaming experiences I’ve ever had. Skyrim was also a great game, but the story didn’t feel as important or developed. I suppose stopping an invasion of hell is a little more imperative than stopping a dragon. What Skyrim lacked in story, though, it more than made up in visuals. Skyrim was one of the best looking games I’ve ever played, even more so now that it’s been updated for current generation consoles. When playing Skyrim, I always looked forward to dawn in that part of Tamriel. Spending all night climbing up a mountain or chasing a dragon didn’t seem as bad in the light of day.
I don’t really like vampires. I’m not nearly as scared of them as I used to be, but I still don’t go out of my way to watch vampire movies. Morning is the best part of any vampire movie because it means that all of those bloodsuckers are about to die. I saw Blade 2 in the theater and was so terrified that I couldn’t sleep that night. I was home alone so, instead of staying in my empty house, I drove around for a few hours. Then I went to Denny’s, got something to eat and didn’t go home until the sun was coming up. On that day in particular I was very excited for the morning because it meant that I could finally go to sleep.
I enjoy sleeping in, but I get more done when I wake up early. The morning is also a great time to meet with God before we get too busy with work, school and video games.
What are some of your favorite nerdy mornings?