Fatigue happens. So how does one get the strength to fight it off even if we are tired of fighting? Here are three tips to help:
Acceptance of certain things in life is important. If we try to fight the things we cannot change then fatigue is inevitable! To some this sounds like giving up but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Acceptance is not about giving up on fighting hard – it’s about learning to fight smarter.
Prioritizing things in life helps to keep first things first. We cannot be everywhere all at once or everything for all people. But we can prioritize so the most important things get the most parts of us. Priorities act as a mooring in chaotic waters – they keep us from drifting too far from where we belong.
Patience is an English word most English speakers take for granted. We associate it with tempers more than any other emotion but the virtue of patience encompasses much more than not sounding like a teapot with steam to share. Patience is about being ready for the long term approach to things that try us whether we wanted to try them or not. Patience is about not giving up – even when it seems like we have already given everything else.
These “tips” are dual in nature. They can easily apply to the secular settings of our life but they also have obvious (or what should be obvious) applications to our walk with God.
To fight off fatigue we must be aware of it and we must beware of it in order to avoid being weary due to it. And we must remember that we if we fight long enough we’ll eventually get the second wind that can carry us through (Galatians 6:9-10).
“But those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV)