Overcommitment and Fatigue
We live in a culture which has often fooled us into believing that more is better and busyness is a virtue. Far too many people in our world are spiritually, emotionally, and physically bankrupt because they are over committed and fatigued. The legendary football coach of the Green Bay Packers, Vince Lombardi once said, “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” The late-comedian Flip Wilson summed it up best for many of us when he said, “If I had my entire life to live over again, I doubt if I’d have the strength.”
I don’t believe that God wants us to be one step from a nervous breakdown, always on the edge of exhaustion. What’s the answer? There are no easy formulas for success, but there are two suggestions that I want you to think about today.
1. Cut back and do less. If this means making less money, cutting back on your social obligations, or even taking a night off from church activities, then do whatever it takes to not be so over committed and fatigued. A friend of mine once told me, “If the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.”
2. Rest. Rest should be a nonnegotiable time in everyone’s life. Even God rested! Exodus 31:17 says, “In six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed” (RSV). When we rest, we get a proper perspective on our life. When we rest, we can reflect on what has taken place in our life during the week. Does your life have control of you, or do you have control of your life? Rest and reflection will help you answer that important question.
1. Today, take an evaluation of your fatigue and over commitment level. If you are spiritually, emotionally, or physically bankrupt, then it is time to cut back, do less, and rest. What is the next day you have scheduled to relax/and or have fun. (DJS)