Tuesday morning. Favorite day of the week. I awake with a ton of anticipation of what this day holds. It’s Easter week, so in the church world, we are warming up for the main event that will happen on Sunday.
My alarm buzzes at 4:45 AM. It’s way early and yet, I have so much to do. My body doesn’t want to move yet, neither does my mind.
5:10 and my phone goes off again, reminding me, I’ve snoozed too long and it’s time to get out of bed. I browse my email and scan Facebook for a minute before I jump out of bed and quietly make my way down stairs to start warming up the Holy Spirit (That would be coffee).
By 9AM, the kids are off to school and I am off to work, but feeling like I’ve already worked a full day. My body is telling me I’m pushing too hard.
I’ve learned over the years that it does very little good to keep pushing. When you push to hard you make mistakes and usually mistakes come with zeros at the end.
I did whatever person should do when they push too hard…
take a nap in the parking lot of Starbucks.
Isn’t that what you do too?
I’ll need another form of rest today so I can continue, but it’s critically important to know what you can handle and when to say it is enough.
What do you gain by pushing so hard?
I know there’s so much to do. There always is.
In this thinking, my mind is drawn back a Biblical principle. Matthew 16:26, “What will you gain, if you own the whole world but destroy yourself? What would you give to get back your soul?”
Take a deep breath today. Stop pushing so hard. Sure there is a time to work yourself to exhaustion. But just know not to work yourself past exhaustion. God didn’t intend for you to live that way.