Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Snooze Button

Yesterday, I had to get up early. Like, 7 a.m.! (Yes, I know that's not actually early for most people. My husband gets up at 5:30). So I had to set the alarm on my cell phone.

And that alarm has a snooze button.

It's only five minutes each time, so I hit it three times. I don't know why I didn't just set my alarm for 7:15 if that was an OK time to get up. But I kind of like hitting the snooze button.

I didn't always use the snooze button. I've always had one, but I never wanted to use it. I didn't know how long it would be, so I didn't want to risk getting up too late. So I never tried it. Then in college, one of my fellow RAs said, "Haven't you heard that country song, 'Another Nine Minutes?' It's about hitting the snooze button to get nine more minutes of sleep! Most snooze buttons are nine minutes per hit."

Oh. Nine minutes? Really? I'll have to try that.

And I did. For the rest of college. And beyond. Actually, one of my college roommates got crazy mad at me for hitting the snooze button so many times in the morning. "Just get up already, Rachel! I don't want to hear that alarm one more time!" But I still hit that snooze.

And sometimes I hit the snooze button on my faith, too.

You know, put something off for a little while. Oh, I really should be doing this, but I'll just wait a few days. Or weeks. Whatever. It'll be cool.

The problem is, do we really know how long the snooze button is? I mean, Jesus could show up tomorrow and here I am, snoozing away like I've got forever.

And what sorts of things do I hit the snooze on? Oh, Bible study. For sure. I mean, I do what I've got to do for my small group every two weeks, but am I in the Word every day? Nope. The Bible will be the same tomorrow, so I can just hit the snooze on that. And I could be praying more. I go through phases with my prayer life, and it seems like the times I should be praying the most is when I actually pray the least. It makes no sense. But God will be there to listen tomorrow, so—snooze!

What things are you hitting the "spiritual snooze" on these days? How can we get out of our snooze-button ruts?

P.S. - I just typed and read the word "snooze" so many times, it no longer looks like a word. Just FYI.


  1. Ah the snooze button. I used to set my clock intentionally early by 3 snooze cycles to make use of this technological marvel. I wanted to fool myself into thinking I had slept later/longer.

    As for things I snooze on, a huge one for me and other men is family devotion (boo Ken and shouts of rage from the crowd). I know, but I can do it tomorrow life got in the way today. The problem is if I wait till life is no longer in the way I will be dead.

    Another would be loving my neighbor in whatever way that presents itself. I need to engage with them in conversation and seek ways to serve them but I have to comment on blogs. Yikes! Sorry that slipped out. I have got to be more disciplined in my effort to follow Christ.

    Good post

  2. Rachel,

    I LOVE this!! I know all of us have been guilty of hitting that spiritual snooze button at least once..or twice..or a million times. It really made me think about what I'm hitting the snooze button on in my own faith walk (Lord knows I use it incessantly in the morning...)

    <3 Heather

  3. Hello Rachel, I read your comments on our spiritual snooze button. Hope you don't mind, but I used some of your comments in a devotion our Church has every wed. morning here in Dothan, AL at Ryan's rest. Good points! Jake Cannon


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