By +Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka
Our Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—WEARY. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. I write for five minutes on a given topic. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out our hostess, Kate Motaung’s site. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!
I’ve been running on weary for years. In my late forties, my body is beginning to say, “Enough!”
I won’t go into details, but I’m having issues now that my doctor can’t give me a cure for. No pills will fix my problems.
No, it’s not cancer, just inconvenient tough-to-deal with/get-my-head around issues.
My doctor’s answer?
In a busy culture, as a wife, a mom of two preteen boys, a friend, a writer, an involved person . . . life can make me downright weary with all its demands.
If I want to have a hope of getting things better for my body, I need to be intentional about incorporating rest into my daily life.
It’s HARD. I want to run at my crazy pace and accomplish lots each day.
But sometimes, we accomplish more when we give our bodies, our spirits, our minds a rest.
When we come away with Jesus for awhile.
When we choose stillness over productivity? That’s when refreshment comes.
Saying no to one more thing can be the most productive thing we do.
Talking with the Lord about this, I’m seeing that His edict for a Sabbath was pretty smart (imagine that).
He knew when He created us that our bodies required downtime.
When I don’t give myself downtime, or enough sleep, or mind-breaks during the day, I end up weary. And my body rebels with its symptoms.
If I want a truly productive life—living my days well rather than speedy—I need to be willing to yield my will to God’s plan. I must give my body, every part of who I am, time for rest.
When we rest in Jesus’ plan, weariness dissipates in the midst of renewed energy, creativity, and joy.
What about you? How are you doing at giving yourself rest? How do you combat complete weariness in your life?
I’m linking up with Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday. Read her post here—Weary