12 So then let’s also run the race that is laid out in front of us, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us. Let’s throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up, 2 and fix our eyes on Jesus, faith’s pioneer and perfecter. He endured the cross, ignoring the shame, for the sake of the joy that was laid out in front of him, and sat down at the right side of God’s throne. – Hebrews 12: 1-2
Let’s face it, some days it’s just difficult to get going and the older I get, the harder it gets to roll these bones out of bed. From conversations I’ve had, I know I’m not alone. We all see the expanding number of coffee shops and increased shelf space for energy drinks.
That’s just the physical side of things. Hebrews 12: 1-2, the verses above, are supposed to inspire our faith, to help us “get after it”.
My question today, is how is your soul? Is your soul tired and worn out? They don’t sell a drink for that one. You can’t buy a case of “Get After It” at the store to fuel your attitude or your spirit, they don’t sell it. The solution for tired soul, a worn out spirit, is two-fold, and may seem contradictory, but it’s not.
First, since it’s Lent, what are you doing to “get after it”? Increase prayer? Fasting? More time reading the bible and digging in to God’s Word? Giving more to your community to others? Or as Hebrews says, “Run the race…and fix our eyes on Jesus”. These are things we can do, like spiritual exercise and food for the soul.
Second, rest. My son plays baseball. He’d play all day if we let him. Near the end of last baseball season, he had played so many games, he was physically and emotionally tired of baseball. When the season was over, we took almost two months off. After two weeks he was itching to get back into baseball, but we made him rest. We’re his parents, we can still control that – make our kids rest. But who does that for us? We do. We have to make ourselves rest. It refreshes the soul.
Seems like an oxymoron doesn’t it? Do more and rest. But it’s the same for your physical body is it not? Exercise more, put good nutrition in, and rest more to be healthier. The same principle works for our soul.
Today, I challenge you to take a look a deep look at your spirit. How are you really doing? What will you do to make it better?
Prayer: Lord, strengthen me when I am physically, emotionally, or spiritually worn out. Teach me your ways and refresh me. Amen.