Sometimes, we need to hit the brakes and recharge our batteries. There is nothing wrong with this as a temporary mindset. Nobody has endless fuel. Besides, refusing to stop and keep going opens us up to injury and potential burnout. And burnout leads to fatigue, exhaustion, and lack of motivation to continue hitting your targets and goals.
Athletes must maintain a constant state of readiness and dedication to their craft. However, it’s essential to recognize that taking occasional breaks is not a sign of weakness but rather a strategic move to enhance performance. While possessing a champion’s mindset is admirable, it doesn’t render you invincible, and it’s perfectly natural to require moments of rest for optimal physical and mental well-being.
And remember that when we feel like something may be missing spiritually, God is right there to fill our tanks. Isaiah teaches us, “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
It’s perfectly acceptable to take a breather now and then. Sometimes, slowing down lets us notice things we might have overlooked when charging full speed ahead. However, it’s important to remember that these moments of deceleration are merely temporary, not a perpetual way of life. Embracing a constantly unhurried pace can breed complacency and hinder our productivity, both in our physical pursuits, like workouts and in our spiritual journey with Jesus.
That’s the last thing we want. We want to fight for The Lord, spread His Word, and live His truths. And we owe to ourselves as Christians to do that with the most physical, mental, and spiritual energy possible.
1. Commit 1 Peter 5:10 to memory.