Are You Too Tired to Love Others Well?
“You made my body, Lord; now give me sense to heed your laws” (Psalm 119:73 TLB).
It’s hard to love when you’re tired.
That’s right: Your physical condition has a strong impact on your relationships. Being energetic makes a big difference!
What happens to your relationships when you’re run-down? Things that are usually small issues become big problems. You may be crankier, defensive, or more critical when you’re low on energy.
If you’re committed to becoming better at loving others, develop habits that refresh you physically. The Bible teaches us many principles for health, but the three most basic are proper rest, a balanced diet, and regular exercise.
Rest. Psalm 127:2 says, “It is senseless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night . . . for God wants his loved ones to get their proper rest” (TLB). If you are too tired to love your kids, your spouse, or a roommate, then your problem is first physical, not spiritual. It’s amazing how much better things look after a good night’s sleep.
Balanced diet. The Bible says, “You made my body, Lord; now give me sense to heed your laws” (Psalm 119:73 TLB). God provides wonderful delights for us to enjoy and savor. We are meant to enjoy food! But he has also given us wisdom to know what and how much is good to put in our body—and what is not. We just need to do it.
Regular exercise. “God has bought you with a great price. So use every part of your body to give glory back to God” (1 Corinthians 6:20 TLB). To overcome fatigue, you must commit to regular exercise. Study after study shows that exercise doesn’t deplete your energy. It actually increases your energy.
God never meant for you to go through life exhausted. When you’re too tired to love others well, take a good look at how much you’re resting, what you’re eating, and how often you exercise. Then make better—and often more difficult—choices to take care of yourself.
You and those you love will only benefit in the long run.
Talk It Over
What things in your life often take precedence over getting enough rest? Are those things more important than your health?
In what ways has God already given you wisdom about your diet that you have not followed?
If you think you’re too tired to exercise, what will it take to get your energy back? Are you willing to try a simple exercise like walking 30 minutes daily for the next few days to see how it makes you feel?
This devotional © 2020 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.