Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” Vince Lombardi
It’s not unusual to feel fatigue related to heat. But some weariness goes deeper than a summer slump. Larry offers two suggestions on how to overcome debilitating fatigue.
Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” Jesus Christ
Fatigue is not only hard to experience it’s potentially harmful. It dulls our senses and allows carelessness to enter our hearts, actions, and words. Those we love are often the victims.
A lack of energy can result in a lack of love (I Cor. 16:13; Matt 12:36). Many of my regrets have come from times of emotional and physical fatigue. Too tired to care enough to be considerate or conscientious, I said things unfiltered and unhelpful.
When my father was in the hospital with terminal cancer, my mom stayed by his side day and night. His doctor came to her and said, “Mrs. Wilson, if you don’t get some rest, you won’t be your best to help your husband.”
How do we overcome debilitating fatigue?
Become More Strategic
Fatigue is often more about what we do than how much we do (Heb 12:1). We might need to change some responsibilities or relationships that are taking an unnecessary toll on us.#Fatigue is often more about what we do than how much we do. We might need to change some responsibilities or relationships that are taking an unnecessary toll on us. #Grace Click To Tweet
Full disclosure, I’m coming out of a season of fatigue. I’ve sensed the Lord re-directing the type of counseling I do. I no longer work with those battling addictions. It takes too much out of me. This redirection has lessened the emotional load I carry and is bringing much needed relief.
I felt responsible to help most all who came to us. The Lord reassured me that He’s responsible.
Plan for Renewal
How we rest and recharge will vary according to our uniqueness. Some are restored by withdrawing to places of peace. Others by connecting socially and having fun. Some find energy in accomplishing tasks or making progress in key areas.
I find renewal on my bike and in settings where nobody knows me. Understand what brings you renewal and plan for it. Life will be more fun and fruitful when we are at our best.
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