Honestly, I am too Exhausted.
I once read that tired people run the world. That’s probably true. The more responsibility one has, the greater the opportunity to lose sleep over big decisions resulting in less time to relax. But you don’t have to be a world leader to understand this painful truth. As a whole, people are busier than ever before. It only takes a few nights stressing over a project or being up with a sick child to begin to see exhaustion set in. Unfortunately, moms, especially single moms, are all too familiar with perpetual exhaustion. There is the job to keep a roof over our head, laundry, time with friends (friends?), laundry, taxi service for the kids, laundry, church, laundry, entertainment (entertainment?), and laundry. It’s like it never ends.
I recently had a single mom tell me she had not been on a date in five years. I asked, Why? She said, “By the time I get off of work and get a few things done around the house, there is no time. But honestly, I am too exhausted to even think about anything else.”
Pastors face exhaustion too. Nobody likes a whiner so I won’t complain about having the GREATEST job in the world, but sometimes the grind can get to you no matter who you are. Here are four tips from the word “REST”:
R – Read scripture every day. You will be surprised how even a small portion of God’s word can boost your energy level, provide wisdom, and give you a new outlook.
Wisdom, will make the hours of your day more profitable and the years of your life more fruitful. Proverbs 9:11
E – Eat healthy. I’m not the greatest authority on this but I do know it is a proven fact that fresh fruit, vegetables, and lean meat, give a person more energy than processed foods, caffeine, and sugar. Just a small change can make a big difference.
S – Stop saying, “I’m Exhausted!” Many times we defeat ourselves with our mouth. The scriptures tells us that we will HAVE what we say. What are you saying? Use wisdom in your talking.
wisdom will fill you with living energy… Proverbs 3:22
T – Talk to someone. See a professional counselor, a pastor, or talk to a trusted friend. Most churches offer some form of small groups and many with childcare. It might not happen the FIRST time but as you are faithful to attend the Holy Spirit will open opportunities for you to talk about what is going on and when to get some wise counsel.
Even Jesus had to REST. How about you?
Are you exhausted? Let me know if this REST acrostic helped you.