If you can’t be a good example, then you’ll just have to be a horrible warning – Catherine Aird
Some days, I am my own worst enemy. I had a very busy weekend where I spent a lot of time outdoors, plus I was up early and to bed late. This trend continued into Monday, as I stayed up late to watch the Packers – Seahawks game (and we all know how THAT ended). By the time I finished watching commentary, reading Tweets, texting friends and family and reading Facebook, it was 1am. So much wasted energy-exactly why learning to watch the Packers just for fun and not allowing it to influence my moods is on my bucket list. Epic fail this week.
I was pretty non-functional Tuesday. And not only Tuesday. Monday too. And Sunday. Three days, in fact, where I functioned at less than optimum, because I was sleep deprived and exhausted. Do you know what I do when I am sleep deprived and exhausted? I eat crappy food, which leads to more exhaustion. Seriously, you think I would learn.
Besides eating crappy food, there were other consequences of not getting enough rest. Like under performing at work because I was having a hard time concentrating and organizing my work load. Falling behind on household chores (I currently have 5 loads of laundry waiting for me). Falling asleep during my Forgotten God class at church. Not having the time to blog because I have been playing catch up all week on other stuff. The list is long and probably boring to many of you but I am also pretty sure you all can relate.
God gave a list of 10 Commandments to Israel on Mount Sinai way back in the day. One of those was to “keep holy the Sabbath” (another bucket list item btw). Basically God said we are to work six days and rest one, because He knows that we need to replenish our bodies, minds and spirits. I don’t know about you but I take a beating during those six days. I need that rest, as evidenced this past week.
I know I have a lot I want to do, goals I want to reach. I can’t do it if I’m too tired to think, work, play, pray, or worship. I will never achieve my goals going on just my own steam. I have to surrender myself to God’s rest, one day a week, in order to excel and move forward in any of my goals the following six. Kinda funny, but I have to accomplish learning to rest in order to accomplish anything else!
I’m not great at surrender (shocking) so this may be one of my greater challenges. I think it will help me to remember that “the sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath” (Mark 2:27). Knowing that God purposefully set aside a day for me to be restored gives me motivation!
What happens to you when you don’t get enough rest? How have you learned to respond?
May God’s peace and rest find you all this week!