When you are young, recovery happens over night. As Father Time catches up, just the slightest exertion of energy can result in lingering aches and pain. While mind over matter may work for a couple of days, how can you press on when your body says no?
As for me, an employee of Amazon or anyone in retail sales, Christmas is a hectic season. Sales are like a drug for bargain shoppers, influencing business owners to remain open 7 days a week. Married to your job, family, friends and hobbies take a backseat. This strain has deflated my soul with several weeks still to go, hanging on by a thread.
In this state of exhaustion, I am reminded of the apostle Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. When your body says no, athletes push their bodies to the extreme. Blocking out any pain, runners often enter a trace, focused on maintaining a steady pace. Though cars, dogs or traffic may break people out of this state, this mentality helps these individuals reach a place most never find.
From a spiritual perspective, words from the Bible are building blocks.for faith. When placed into an impossible situation, God’s Word provide a source of strength. As you learn to trust in Jesus, Matthew 11:28-30, a fresh wind arrives via the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the next time your body says no, find rest, hope and renewal in prayer to keep on keeping on.
by Jay Mankus