Fatigue works like a drain. It’s not the same as being tired – it’s being void of the essential energy we need in our body, mind and soul. But fatigue can be fought off! Here are a few more tips that can help:
Remember to pause and take a breath. This is a simple point and it has to do with thinking and contemplation in conjunction with the momentary breaks we take. Think about the number of times we find “selah” throughout the Psalms; several of which deal with the subject of fatigue. Pause, breath, meditate and push forward.
Remember to make good choices. The book of Proverbs is replete with this advice. Life itself and living out our faith in God will bring enough exhausting things our way without the need of bringing them upon ourself. Good choices concerning our marriages, our family, our friendships, our jobs, our speech, our plans, our desires and our relationship with God. If we’re in a hole we need to quit digging and make the good choices that will not cause us to spend valuable energy on useless endeavors.
Remember to remember Jesus. This is a point that could easily be worth repeating three times because Jesus knew what fatigue felt like but he didn’t let it stop him. His life serves as the greatest example we have when it comes to the struggle of fatigue in the various ways it visits us. And Jesus’ life tells us and shows us how to keep fighting with an encouragement that has the ability to carry us from lowest valleys on Earth straight into the throne room of Heaven. Allowing the Spirit to remind and remold us into a Christ-like person will result in an inner renewal that will cause us to push through our fatigue in a way that honors our Savior.
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.” (Hebrews 12:1-3 NKJV)