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Fatigue

February 27th, 2015

“Come to Me . . and you will find rest for your soul.” Matthew 11:29 NIV.

Weariness worsens when you do not know when or where you will again find rest.

My thoughts and comments today are about “fatigue.”

Vince Lombardi, famed coach of the Green Bay Packers said, “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” No one can do their best or be their best when tired. Fatigue negatively impacts everything. Fatigue has been described as, “a shortness of breath in one’s soul.” That kind of describes it for me. When I grow tired, I am more negative, less prone to see solutions than problems. At such times, motivation is difficult to muster. I am less patient with myself and others. Fatigue adversely affects your emotions, attitudes, behavior, decisions, and relationships.

The busyness and unrelenting pace of daily life are exhausting. Everybody knows what it means to just feel tired of being tired. When fatigued, you are affected physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. There is that which exhausts the soul as well as wearies the body. Everything grows more difficult; even things you would otherwise find enjoyable or easy are more taxing when tired. Weariness worsens when you do not know when or where you will again find rest.

The worst fatigue is beyond physical; it is a deep weariness of soul that only God can heal. Daniel prophesied of a future time which would, “wear out the saints of the Most High.” Daniel 7:25 KJV. Does that sound a bit like this generation? Keep your objectives clear; remember that reward and satisfaction follows obedience. God’s Word gives clear direction. Isaiah discovered, “This is the rest with which you may cause the weary to rest. This is the refreshing . . Those who wait upon God get fresh strength; they run and don’t get tired; they walk and don’t lag behind.” Isaiah 28:12/40:28-31 MSG. Time in God’s presence rejuvenates the soul. The practical exercises of prayer, Bible meditation, worship, singing, thanksgiving, confession, and personal reflection elevate and refresh the spirit of man. Practice those frequently and faithfully.

You were created to be productive, but God wisely built into your emotional and spiritual DNA the requirement for seasons of rest. “Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; in the plowing season and in harvest you must rest.” Exodus 34:21 NIV. The busy, demanding times of planting, as well as harvest, would seem unlikely times for rest. Wouldn’t immediacy and importance of task dictate that you persevere? But God cautions that despite the urgency of preparing the soil for planting or when reaping the harvest, you need to follow the Sabbath principle of timely rest. The Sabbath principle is not a suggestion. God commanded, ”Remember the Sabbath, by keeping it holy.” Exodus 20:8 NIV. You ignore God’s instruction to your own harm.

Many things will deplete your inner resources, until you embrace God’s invitation, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest . . And you will find rest for your soul.” Read Matthew 11:28-30 NIV. Rest for your soul is the only cure for weariness of soul, and that rest is found through unhurried time with God. St. Augustine, Christian theologian (354-430 AD), is reported to have written, “My soul is not at peace until it finds its rest in Thee.” Maybe you have been looking in all the wrong places for what can only be found in God.

Today, my prayer for you is that you are confident where to find inner rest for your soul.

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Patterns of Thought

April 12th, 2011

“Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” Romans 12:2 NLT

“Fill your heart and mind with thoughts that are uplifting, edifying, and inspiring.”

My thoughts today are about “patterns of thought.”

Habits are hard to break, especially bad ones. Usually, if a person had the necessary discipline it takes to break an old habit, they probably would not have formed an unprofitable habit to begin with. Habits, both good and bad, can evidence themselves in various areas of a person’s life. Today, I am directing my comments to the problem of habitual thinking. Sometimes deeply rooted patterns of thinking can be most difficult to challenge and change.

If something is said, do you translate it negatively? If someone overlooks you, do you imagine it intentional? If someone does something, do you assume the worst motive? If others succeed, are you jealous? When others receive attention, do you wish it were you? Be wary of those patterns of thought. See 1 Corinthians 12:26 NKJV.

The Bible explains the problem, as well as offering the solution, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is.” Romans 12:2 NLT. It is interesting that your thought patterns form the path to your behavior. The way to a new life is to change the way you think.

Behavior that subtly conforms to the surrounding culture’s reckless, self-indulgent lifestyle results from accepting their underlying values and ways of thinking. Entertainment, advertising, and others’ example and influence first shape the way you think, then eventually change the way you live your life.

You can break your habits, if you will arrest your thoughts. “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NKJV. Your thoughts form your beliefs; beliefs direct your choices; choices govern your actions; actions become your lifestyle. Thus habits are developed, whether to your benefit or harm. Take out the trash; bring in the truth!

God’s will for your life can be confusing if you allow your thoughts to be without clarity and conviction. Trying to empty your mind of wrong thoughts is a waste of time, neither productive nor effective; your best resource in order to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” is filling your heart and mind with thoughts that are uplifting, edifying, and inspiring.

Daily Bible reading, meditation on Scripture, and time spent devotionally in prayer are the practical ways you break old ways of thinking and establish new patterns of thought. God’s truth in your heart changes the way you think and will transform the person you are into the person you want to become. “Whatever things are true – noble – just – pure – lovely – of good report – virtuous – praiseworthy – meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:7-8 NKJV. Choose what you dwell on mentally and emotionally. You hold the key. Paul’s premise was simple: “Let God transform you into a new person by (your) changing the way you think.”

My prayer for you today is that your pattern of thoughts is wholesome and holy.

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