I begin most of my mornings leisurely enjoying a cup of coffee with my husband before heading
upstairs for my devotions. It is one of the small pleasures of this phase of life – for which I am grateful and that I am enjoying. But until just several months ago, I was working and, before 8:00, I would interact with staff, parents, students of all ages and several service providers. I greeted people with, “Good morning! How are you?”….and so, so often the standard answer was, “Tired.”
But you’ve just started….haven’t even been out of bed that long!? Why does it seem everyone is always tired? I know there are plenty of answers to that question – situations, circumstances, etc. that leave us tired. Even when we get out of bed. The answers could probably be discussed in a blog post for hours – but this is Five Minute Friday, so these are just a couple of my thoughts.
I believe that for many being tired is synonymous with being busy. And being busy is a badge worn with honor these days. So, if we are tired, we must be busy and, in some way, that must mean, we are productive, hard-working people. Exhaustion proves it. But, could it be a constant state of tiredness is a symptom of poor planning, misplaced priorities, or little to no self-care…perhaps a jumble of all three?
No doubt, there are days when we are the “slave” to our schedule rather than the reverse. Emergencies happen, but these days should be the exception and not the rule. Even when best-arranged priorities seem thrown off balance, there can (and should) be adequate time for rest and for sleep. Sleep is as necessary as eating and bathing and as crucial as our time spent in prayer and Bible reading. Plan for it all. Here are three reasons why I think it is important.
One – God expects it. We are His temple. The dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. Many directions and principles are given for taking care of the temple. Lack of sleep not only runs us down but negatively affects our bodies – this temple.
Two – Jesus was our example. He slept. After long days full of ministering, He slept. Even during storms, when the needs of others seemed paramount, He slept. I know there are many applications in that account but certainly, if Jesus chose to sleep before serving, meeting needs and teaching His disciples, there is a lesson there as well.
Three – There are promises to those who will put their cares away, give their worries to Him and will lay down to sleep. Christ offers sweet sleep. And, no doubt, renewed energy to handle the tasks for the new day ahead.
Yes. There are moms of newborns and little ones. Caregivers – to spouses, aging parents, special need children, and many others. There are single moms working full-time and then putting themselves through school in the hours leftover. Some suffer chronic illness or other physical ailments. All that deprive them of necessary sleep. I can attest to many of these situations myself. And I believe in these times, God can take our little sleep and give us the strength that we need. I pray that He does. However, for most of us who regularly hear ourselves saying, “I’m so tired,” it just might be a red-flag that we are not sleeping as we should. Just a thought.