Chris and I are big fans of Lambert and Lindsey, one of the local morning show teams here in River City. Being fans of L&L, we’ve bought about all of their annual Christmas “Best of L&L” cds (the proceeds go to the Make A Wish foundation, I believe).
One of the “bits” on one of those cds is called “Napping For Jesus” wherein Linda Lambert talks about her daughter getting back from church camp and telling her that every day, they “took a nap for Jesus.” Needless to say, the guys thought that was a pretty funny concept, and started riffing on the idea of nappin’ for Jesus, as well as other unlikely pursuits for Jesus, like eating donuts for Jesus, etc.
Well lo and behold, I was reading John Ortberg’s The Life You’ve Always Wanted, and came across this pearly bit o’ wisdom:
One thing I discovered when I spent a day trying to live in a loving fashion is that love requires an enormous amount of energy. And I was just too tired to give it. So I realized that–as unspiritual as it sounds–if I was serious about becoming a more loving person, I was going to have to get more sleep…
Have you ever tried to pray when you are lacking sleep? Before Elijah was to spend a prolonged time in solitude and prayer at Mount Horeb, the angel of the Lord had him take not one, but two long naps. Contrast this with the disciples at Gethsemane, who could not pray because they kept falling asleep…
For some of you reading this book, perhaps the single most spiritual thing you could do right now is to put it down and take a nap.
Personally speaking, I know I don’t get enough good quality sleep. So doggone it, I feel compelled to do the right, the noble, the selfless thing and start nappin’ for Jesus. 😉