The Silver Bullet

We humans often make things more complicated than they are.

A few days ago I saw someone having a really hard time raking their lawn. Mind you, they had a phone in one hand. And with the other, they were raking a pile of dead leaves leftover from the fall… with a shovel.

That’s right. They were trying to rake old leaves. With a shovel. With one hand!

We sometimes just make things more complicated than they need to be.

So today I’d like to give you some advice. And if you do it, it will make you a better person. It will help you be at your best. You’ll be less grumpy and more giving. You’ll be less impatient and more positive. It’s a silver bullet. Are you ready? Here it is.

Go to bed earlier.

I know what you’re thinking. ‘Matthew, I went to all this trouble to read this devotional and the “advice” you give me is to just go to bed earlier?


When your car runs out of gas, do you scratch your head and wonder what’s wrong? Do you blame the engine? Do you complain about the seats or compare it to another perfectly running car that just so happens to be full of gas?

No you don’t. You put gas in your car.

When King David was panicked and fleeing from his rebellious son Absalom, even though he perceived danger all around him, he said this: “I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.” (Psalm 3:5)

Things were coming apart. So he trusted God… and went to bed!

In my own life, when I’m feeling swamped, what I’ve discovered is that I can do more in 20 minutes with a full tank of gas than I can in 2 hours if I’m running on empty.

If you’re feeling spent, dazed, and overwhelmed, maybe a better you is easier than you think. Get some more sleep.

Your gas tank doesn’t fill itself.

By Matthew Ruttan

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