Work was eating us alive. The painful bites from working days and nights were draining us of energy and life. The labor was long and hard. The bosses were demanding more and more.
Even when we left work, the gnawing of weariness and echoing demands continued in our heads during our drive home. When we collapsed on the couch, the weight of our jobs sat on us. Too tired to fix dinner. Too worried to sleep well. Does this feel like slavery?
Personal Strength Training
Fight back. After work, drop off your work worries on the way home at a specific spot. For me, it is a bridge over a river where I mentally tossed my job problems out the window. I picked them up on the way to work the next morning.
Take control of your life. Whether you are at home or work, set and get SMART goals for yourself.
- Specific: Define and measure what you want to accomplish
- Moderate: Work on no more than 2-5 goals per day
- Accountable: Show and tell somebody
- Record: Write your goals and accomplishments
- Time-activated: Plan your efforts by day and time
Celebrate whatever you accomplished at the end of each day. Review and preview your progress every weekend.
Start your own personal strength-training program. With strength comes courage. Consider this formula: Eat right, exercise and get plenty of rest …
Pay attention to your nutrition; cut out fat and calories; reduce or eliminate caffeine and alcohol. Exercise 3-5 times a week, if your doctor approves. Get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.
Feed your mind good thoughts. Spend time with good friends. Do things you enjoy. Be sure to spend some time alone to rejuvenate. Do nothing and give your brain a break.
Spend time alone with God every day by praying and reading the Bible. Start with 10 minutes, then go to 20 minutes or more. Get together with others for Bible study, prayer and fellowship.
Your greatest leverage is growing stronger spiritually. I consume new thoughts from favorite devotional books, such as “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers. Let me share quotes from just two of its pages.
Nay, in all these things, we are more than conquerors
through Him that loved us. —Romans 8:37
The surf that distresses the ordinary swimmer produces in the surf-rider the super-joy of going clean through it. Apply that to our own circumstances, these very things – tribulation, distress, persecution, produce in us the super-joy; they are not things to fight. We are more than conquerors through Him in all these things, not in spite of them, but in the midst of them. The saint never knows the joy of the Lord in spite of tribulation, but because of it – “I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation,” says Paul. Undaunted radiance is not built on anything passing, but on the love of God that nothing can alter. The experiences of life, terrible or monotonous, are impotent to touch the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The unheeded secret
My kingdom is not of this world. John 18:36.
You have no idea of where God is going to engineer your circumstances, no knowledge of what strain is going to be put on you either at home or abroad, and if you waste your time in over-active energies instead of getting into soak on the great fundamental truths of God’s Redemption, you will snap when the strain comes; but if this time of soaking before God is being spent in getting rooted and grounded in God on the un-practical line, you will remain true to Him whatever happens.
There is no better nutrition than Jesus…
“I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger,
and he who believes in Me will never thirst.”
Do not let work consume you. Instead let Jesus come to work with you. No matter how long and hard the job, feed on His strength and wisdom throughout the day.