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‘Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me…’ Matthew 11:29 NKJV
Too many of us are like the man who said, ‘When I rest, I rust.’ Here’s a newsflash?there will always be something else to do! If you’re constantly driven by ‘what needs to be done’, you’ll burn out and fail to do what God has assigned you to do. So here are some practical suggestions for pacing yourself. First, change your eating habits. The Bible says that it’s not smart to stuff yourself with too many sweets. (Proverbs 25:27) You wouldn’t put sugar into your petrol tank, so be wise: educate yourself about good nutrition. Second, be clear about where you want to go. Set specific goals, and have a plan and a timetable for reaching them. Don’t be controlled by mindless routine. Third, instead of ignoring your problems, resolve them. Act before they become chronic and start sapping your energy. Next, don’t ‘veg’ on TV. Too much television dulls you mentally and lulls you into lethargy, ‘But they that wait upon the Lord…renew their strength…’ (Isaiah 40:31KJV) Then, if you’re overloaded, don’t take on more. Don’t say yes out of a sense of guilt, false responsibility or the need to be needed. Sixth, take a break. When did you last take time to get away? A change of pace and fresh scenery are great battery-chargers. Finally, get to bed earlier. When you burn the candle at both ends, you are the one who burns out. You say, ‘But I’m doing it for the Lord.’ Notice what the Lord says, ‘It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late…for so He gives His beloved sleep.’ (Psalm 127:2 NKJV)

SoulFood: 2 Cor 1-4, Luke 22:1-13, Ps 78:56-64, Pr 20:25

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