Posted: Friday, October 9
1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:8
Verse of the day:
A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber. (Proverbs 24:33-34)
When my alarm went off this morning, I rolled over to see if Mandy was awake. I was greeted by the smiling face of my 4-year-old. “Hi daddy!” Mandy was already up taking care of our 6-week-old. When she returned, we hit the play button on one of our favorite morning conversations. “I’m SO tired.” “Right? I’m SOOOO tired.” There’s a heroic missions initiative that encourages students to live for Christ and die to self; it’s aptly titled “Live Dead.” With four kids, a great job, and a great church, Mandy and I have established our own foundation. It’s sarcastically titled “Live Tired.”
So do we need sleep? Absolutely. Studies show that adults who get fewer than 7 hours of sleep will have more difficulty concentrating and more mood problems than people who sleep seven to nine hours. We need rest, but yet, there’s a type of positive exhaustion that comes as a sign of a life well spent.
Mandy was tired this morning because she was awake last night caring for a brand new life. She didn’t get a break yesterday because of kid responsibilities, house responsibilities, hosting company, and engaging in a new mentoring relationship. The exhaustion that Mandy experiences is the reward of time well spent. It’s a sign that she is putting to task the gifts and callings that God has placed in her life. Now if Mandy was tired because she watched six episodes of Call The Midwife (which she does enjoy in moderation) or because she stayed up until 1am playing Bejeweled (which she also enjoys occasionally), this would be a different story.