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5 Ways You Can Improve Your Life by Getting Up Earlier Each Morning

clock-blogI have been an early riser for at least the past three decades of my life. To this very day, I still set three alarms each evening to ensure I wake up when I desire. Why is this important?

I believe there are five ways your life can improve by getting up earlier each morning.

1. You gain time in your day.

You may believe this is a “duh” point and should go without saying, but how often do you hear people give the never-ending excuse of, “I don’t have time”? When you ask them what time they get up in the morning, they usually do not answer with clarity or simply state a later time in the morning.

Therefore, you gain time in your day when you get up earlier each morning. I do not believe I could do what I am given the privilege to do in life if I did not get up early each morning.

Just imagine what your morning would be like if you were to get up even just one hour earlier than you do right now. You might be able to work some things into your schedule you have often wanted to do like read more, exercise regularly, or have some time for yourself.

2. You gain time for yourself.

Did you know that the earlier you get up in the morning, the more time you gain for yourself? Private time is needed in each of our lives. We need space to be alone and time to think and to meditate.

Gaining time for yourself pays many dividends for your life, family, business, and ministry. Do not minimize the reality of needing what some call, “me time.” I do not like this term, but each of us needs time by ourselves and more time when we are not disturbed or distracted by others.

3. You gain time with God.

Oftentimes, people claim that their personal time with God is inconsistent because of the demands of life. I learned many years ago, when you rise early, most people are still asleep. But I also learned regardless of how early you get up, God is already up and ready to meet with you personally.

Even as Jesus rose before dawn to spend time with the Father, we need private time with the Father. We need our own Gethsemane in our home, apartment, or town where we can escape and talk to God about life and let God talk to us through the reading of His Word. When you get up earlier each day, you gain time with God.

4. You gain productivity.

When you rise earlier each day and use this time wisely, you can gain productivity in your life. Everyone wants to be more productive and yield greater results. When you are undisturbed and more focused, you gain the potential to be much more productive in your life.

Again, when I reflect upon this personally, I realize that before most of my staff team enters the doors at our church daily, I have been up five hours already. Most of these days have already been filled with great productivity.  Why? My time is focused and free of distractions.

When you rise earlier each day, you increase the potential to be much more productive in your life.

5. You gain the respect of others.

People do not want to follow unfocused, distracted, shoot-from-the-hip, unproductive leaders. Disorder in organizations often follows the disorder of a leader’s life. A disorderly and unproductive team is most often the result of a disorderly and unproductive leader. Therefore, disrespect occurs. Soon, we witness that slothfulness rules, mediocrity is applauded, and excellence is eliminated.

Conversely, just think what can happen when you rise earlier each morning, gaining time in each day, including time for yourself, time for God, and time for greater productivity to occur! Here is what happens: You gain the respect of others.

Some people will never understand you when you are together and productive, but they will always respect you. People want to follow people they respect. People respect those who bring order into all situations and lead with a calm confidence that all will be well.

I have found this: When you rise earlier each day, your credibility as a leader grows. Rising earlier each morning seems to gain the respect of others.

Try rising earlier this week and see what happens each day in this week, and in your future. I really believe when you try it, you will like it.

Now is the Time to Lead,

Ronnie W. Floyd

Our Cross Church School of Ministry is Ready for You to Come Spend One Year With Us


The Cross Church School of Ministry is a one-year residential ministry experience that prepares leaders for life, ministry, and Gospel advancement globally. In August of this year, we will begin our fifth cohort of ministry residents. Whether you are looking to be equipped for ministry leadership or assisted in navigating your call to vocational ministry, the Cross Church School of Ministry is the place for you!

Not an Internship, but Ministry Residency

This is not an internship, but is a combination of hands-on ministry training and mentorship. Each cohort experiences two national mission trips and one international mission experience. Additionally, we have taken each cohort to learn from and experience the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.

We have sixteen partnerships with academic institutions that grant either undergraduate or graduate hours if the student so desires to earn them. For example, you could earn as much as twenty-one hours toward your Master of Divinity degree by attending the Cross Church School of Ministry for one year. This program is like no other. You can work with us in creating your ministry track of study and concentration.

We do not compete with academic institutions, but complement what they do. We do what they cannot do and they do what we choose not to do. We are a local church; they are an academic institution. Yet, any innovative academic institution that is based upon Christian principles and equips God-called persons for ministry wants and desires a close partnership with local churches. We cherish these partnerships.

You can be just out of high school, in the midst of your collegiate degree or post-bachelor’s degree, in the middle of your Master of Divinity degree or you may have completed your Master’s degree. Come here, spend one year with us, earn as much as twenty-one hours of academic credit, and if you graduate from our program, you will also have one year of experience on a large multi-campus church.

Look What God Has Done in Almost Four Years

When August 2017 comes, we will have completed our fourth year in the Cross Church School of Ministry. In this experience the past four years, we will have equipped and sent out 64 graduates into gospel ministry. Of these 64 graduates, 14 are now serving on our own Cross Church team. Additionally, these 64 graduates will have experienced international mission trips to places like Venezuela, Tanzania, Malawi, and Haiti, and domestic mission trips to places like Portland, Maine, New York City, Washington, DC, Seattle, Washington, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Columbus, Ohio, Spearfish, South Dakota, St. Louis, Missouri, and Detroit, Michigan. Additionally, these graduates will have attended the annual Southern Baptist Conventions either in Baltimore, Maryland, Columbus, Ohio, St. Louis, Missouri, or Phoenix, Arizona. We have also licensed 26 men to gospel ministry over these past four years.

Our graduates are now serving on church staff teams, as lead pastors, church planters, on the mission fields around the world, or continuing to pursue their post-graduate degrees. Yes, read carefully: We are serious about your one-year ministry residency that prepares you for life, leadership, and gospel advancement globally.

Now is the Time to Consider Coming Here

Dave K-BlogWe are currently accepting applications for our upcoming 2017 class. Our next cohort will be joining us in August. Apply online today at If you are interested in learning more about the Cross Church School Of Ministry, please email Dave Kinney at

Recently, our President for the past four years, Dr. Jeff Crawford, was called to serve as Senior Pastor of the Grace Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. We have asked Dave Kinney to step in during our interim search to coordinate logistics for our school. He was in the first cohort of our Cross Church School of Ministry after changing his future plans from medical school to the ministry. After graduation from our school, he joined our team full-time, completed his Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is leading one of our campuses. He is doing an outstanding job and we are thankful for him stepping up to lead the School of Ministry during this interim period.

Pray for Us and We are Praying for You to Join Us or Send Someone

We are in an active search for the next President of our Cross Church School of Ministry. Please pray for us to know who that next leader needs to be. This does not need to deter you in enrolling this fall, because our entire team invests in our cohort, including myself. You will be assigned to work with one of our Ministry Team members specifically to prepare you for your future ministry in the ministry track you choose. Again, reach out immediately to Dave Kinney at to find out more about this outstanding ministry resident school that has now proven: We prepare leaders for life, ministry, and gospel advancement globally.

Now is the Time to Lead,

Ronnie W. Floyd
Senior Pastor, Cross Church


Dr. Ronnie Floyd is the Senior Pastor of Cross Church, founder of the Cross Church School of Ministry, and host of the Ronnie Floyd on Life and Leadership Today podcast.

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