“Wakey-Wakey, Rise and Shine!”
Just last night, through the magic of Google, I discovered that phrase was used by the British Army to rouse soldiers out of their racks in the morning so they could shine their boots. (Only in England, could drill instructors get away with yelling “Wakey-Wakey!”) Wouldn’t that have been useful with teenagers? Especially ones that pulled the covers over their heads when they hear Mom singing Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Time to Rise?”
A birdie with a yellow bill,
Hopped upon my window sill,
Cocked his shining eye and said:
“Ain’t you ‘shamed, you sleepy-head!”
But I do hope you pass it on to your kids!
Tell them it’s from the Nana’s.
Since today was Labor Day… and also since my phone alarm went off at 6 a.m. instead of the 6:30 I had set it for… I had to laugh when I was woken up bright and early by that confused alarm, because I went to bed last night thinking about “Rising and Shining.” Besides military use, the history of “Rise and Shine” goes back a bit further. All the way to the Old Testament…
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the
glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
And what to do when we get up? What is the purpose of all those Monday mornings? Just to earn money? Conquer the “To Do” list? Is there a deeper purpose for our work? Today’s Our Daily Bread really nailed it. Whatever we do… whatever our work… whatever is set before us… can be done to bring honor to God. From brain surgery to baby snuggling… from building bridges to corralling dust bunnies… work is a gift from God. He knew we would need something to do here in His Creation, so He gave Adam the job of tending His garden. Our attitude about our work depends on our perspective…
…our own personal “Why We Work.”
Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow~