The Brotherhood – Part 136

The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.

How do you manage your energy?

Okay, I understand how odd that question sounds. Many of us have been watching basketball recently, and–like most sporting events teach us–we know that you give all you’ve got. Mainly because you have the entire off-season to recover.

But there’s no off-season in life.

Burning the candle at both ends leaves you with a waxy mess. If you don’t figure out a way to refuel, to manage your daily energy, you won’t be able to maintain your pace for long.

Now, I must confess that I’m writing this blog in the midst of a four-month stretch of seven day work weeks. Office life all week coupled with work-related travel on weekends has left me fighting an early Spring head cold, and a weariness no cold medication can touch. Once again, I am ready to confess my vincibility, or whatever you call a lack of its opposite.

God knew we’d have days like this. That’s why He more than suggested the idea of Sabbath. His command for a day of rest, reflection, AND NO WORK, underscores something the Creator knows about life–our batteries must be recharged every six days.

So how do you do that?

Do you have a pattern for rest? Is sleep something you give 4-5 hours to each night or do you recognize your need of more? Many Americans struggle to sleep well, and I have to wonder if it’s because we’ve short-changed our bodies for so long that now we have a cellular-level revolt on our hands.

How many days of your vacation does it take to unwind? I’m guessing that the right answer should be “one” but it isn’t for most of us. If we drive hard all year, it makes sense that shifting into neutral for a couple of weeks is going to grind the gears for awhile.

In my arena, sabbaticals are the rage among ministry leaders. These three-month stints of study and rest are aimed at refueling the ministry-worn, but more than a few have led to new career moves. Why? ‘Cause we’re worn out!

In our finances, we often speak of “living within our means” and we know that failure to do so lands us in debt-laden struggles. Perhaps we should take the same wise approach with our physical strength. Maybe observing a real Sabbath every week would keep us from the massive debt payments we’ll soon start making to our bodies.

It makes sense that God would know this. He’s the One who designed and originally coiled the spring in our step. He’s the One who knows our limits, and He knows they don’t evaporate no matter how we try to ignore them. So, perhaps we should listen to His command here.

Pick a day and shut down the engine. 

You may say, “Mike, I can’t afford a whole day!” Well, that sounds a bit like the guy who can’t tithe a full 10% doesn’t it? Ultimately, the issue isn’t our workload, but our obedience. If we can’t do as God has told us, then clearly our trust in Him needs questioning.

So pick a day…and hurry!

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