I used to think that life was a war consisting of physical and mental gymnastics that you have to conquer to survive. However, since I have been reading the word again I’m realizing your day-to-day fight to do the right thing in God’s eyes is mental, physical, and spiritual.
The Mental Aspect
I’ll explain what each aspect means by using the 9-5 grind example. Your job will leave you feeling mentally exhausted. Especially if you aren’t getting any sleep at night. You become unproductive, unmotivated, and unenthusiastic all because you’re mentally off. This has everything to do with just being burned out which happens to the best of us. So the solution would obviously be to take a day off right? Well not so much… That only solves your problem for one day.
The Physical Aspect
Physically speaking when we are so tired we need to sleep at night. But we need to apply a routine and execute it everyday so we can prevent mental burnouts from regularly occurring. But here’s the thing. Since you are already mentally exhausted from your job it can feel nearly impossible to physically apply this routine everyday. If you didn’t think the dilemma was bad enough it gets even more complicated.. Let’s just pretend that now you’ve somehow cracked the code. You’re getting sleep and not facing burnouts anymore. But there is still a hole in your heart and you have no idea why.
The Spiritual Aspect
Our final battle we all face is spiritual. Sleep is necessary and taking a day off really helps but I’m realizing it only goes so far. Your job can drain your character and even make you question God. I’ve had jobs before where I literally found myself asking God why are you allowing this to happen? Aren’t you going to stop this? I mean you are God right? This in return messed with me. It didn’t matter how much sleep I got or how many days I took off. What I was missing was the Bible and prayer. When I started reading Proverbs and Revelations I didn’t understand much of it. Honestly, it went in one ear and out the other. However, since I’ve been in Bible study, going to church again, and praying, in a couple of weeks I started to feel whole again. My sleep has gotten better and my burnouts are almost non-existent.
We are our own worst enemies. The bible says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). We as people struggle with this because we are taught to just do for ourselves. We are taught that we are gods in this wicked world that we live in. With this unnatural god-like mentality we embrace always working, never resting, never discussing our problems, and just trying to figure out everything on our own. I see this alot in helpers. The average helper doesn’t ask for help nowadays because for so long they’ve had to help everyone else and many will not look to God for the strength.
Even myself I used to be a big advocate for self-reliance but it only gets you so far. If your mental, physical, and spiritual being is out-of-sync you need God. However, God will not force himself upon you. It’s up to you to read his word, pray, meditate and fast but when you let the stresses of your job hold you back you tell yourself, “I’m too tired to pray. I can’t fast because I’m hungry and I need food, and I’m not meditating because I’ll look like a weirdo.” Instead of worrying about your job 24/7 I dare you just take some time out of your day to include a Bible study with other believers, go to a church service, read your Bible for 30 minutes, or just anything related to God for 90 days and see what happens. With everything going on in the world what do you have to lose?
I’ve studied communications, psychology, stoicism, minimalism, and took high school classes but the only knowledge that seems to be making any sense in my life is the word of God. It’s not easy fighting a mental, physical, and spiritual war but it’s a victory that’s actually worth winning! But how can you and I win if we don’t even try?