Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. -1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NASB)
This post is written toward the end of a long week, well in the heart of a long season, smack in the middle of a valley. Everyone will encounter them in their walk. But one thing this stubborn agent does is slip back into attacking the climb in my own strength…and eventually, run on fumes till my body will force me to stop.
There were many telltale signs, but one was the constant eye twitch. In this age of information, I Googled the causes of it, and this Web MD article listed the following:
- Fatigue? Check.
- Stress? Check.
- Lack of sleep? Check.
- Caffeine? Check.
It’s so easy to pray earnestly, fervently, persistently, and in all things give Him thanks…but also easy to switch right back to striving needlessly as if He weren’t in our lives. I write this as much for myself as for you or any other believer who can very easily strive as if they were unbelievers: Yes, God calls us to give our best for Him in all we do…but He also calls us to take rest.
I have to stop and think: How am I glorifying Him by trying to do everything by myself? Do people see God at work through me when I do that? Am I really exercising proper boundaries if I don’t say no to every request? Am I remembering to ask Him to guide me on my proper priorities (Him first, all else second)? Did Jesus die for me to live like this?
If you’re a workaholic like me, I invite you to stop with me. Breathe. Talk to God and ask Him to reorient us back in alignment with His goals for us, His plans for us, and His peace…so that we don’t let the frenetic world and its godless demands dominate our walk. God is our walk. May He always be our guide and goal, every step of the way.