i woke up earlier today

this morning I got up out of bed before my alarm clock went to off. so I had a decision to make.


should I spend this extra half hour doing my devotionals (Bible reading, journaling, meditating)? or should I use this time to help my wife and clean the living room before her day starts?


my preference is to wake up early (before anyone else) to have my devotional time uninterrupted and in silence. this doesn't always happen though. either I'll wake up late or a kid or two will wake up and require attention. (for now I've totally given up on exercising for this very reason. I'd have to wake up an hour earlier than I did today. not gonna happen.)


this morning was one of those quiet mornings.


but i also knew that the kids had made a mess of the house last night and we were too tired (and interested in watchings Lost) to clean it up before going to bed. and it would be a huge plus for my wife to start out the day with a clean living room.


which one would be the wisest use of my time? which one would be most honoring to God? most honoring to my wife? and if we put it in those terms who should win when it's time with my wife vs. time with God?


chime in. i'd love to know what you think AND your reasoning behind your thinking. it'd also be interesting to find out what you think i did. so #1) what do you think the right choice is, #2) what choice you think i made.