In the "Alarm Clock" series Jeremy offers some spiritual lessons and biblical insights from the all-too-familiar process of waking up. This excerpt is called "Christmas Gifts & Final Exams." Enjoy! Six-o-clock. The alarm has sounded. The sun is peeking through the half-raised shade, piercing your squinting eyes as you roll over to hit the snooze bar for … Continue reading Alarm Clock: Reflections on Spiritual Awakening
Some will still protest, saying: “I tasted the morning coffee only to have it turn bitter in my mouth! I jumped up at the first breakfast call only to find stale cereal and sour milk waiting on the table! The sweet song of the morning bird was quickly drowned out by the loud ruckus of … Continue reading ALARM CLOCK 11: Everyday is a Fresh Start
We all owe the man who invented the alarm clock radio a heart felt thanks. I am still baffled by those who insist on waking up to obnoxious beeps or irritating buzzers. I still remember my first year of college, living on a dormitory floor with some thirty other freshmen. Every morning as I … Continue reading ALARM CLOCK 10: God’s Alarm Clocks
Business marketing strategists have even capitalized on the power of the olfactory sense. Fast food joints located within close proximity to other businesses are rumored to pump their deep-fried smell into the parking lot in hopes of drawing in hungry shoppers for a bite. Coffee shops grind their own beans, filling the air with that … Continue reading ALARM CLOCK 9: Your Smell Gives You Away
“The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup.” Who can forget this classic coffee jingle? Before there was a Starbucks on every corner, there was Folgers. I can still picture the fake smiles of the actors in the ads as they enjoy their first sip of the morning. For many, coffee is the best part of waking up. For … Continue reading ALARM CLOCK 8: The Smell of Coffee in the Morning
Once we awaken to face God’s glorious New Day, another question naturally arises: How should Christ-followers approach the all-important task of waking others? What kind of alarm clocks should we be? Most morning people I have met take great pride in this particular quality. They even have signature phrases to promote this special trait. … Continue reading ALARM CLOCK 7: Ugh! Morning People!