This is the story of my friend, and I think we all can learn a lesson from this. Over the years, my friend has developed serious chronic headaches, earaches, joint pains, chest pain, dizziness, palpitations, and all different kinds of pain. He has had CT scan done on his head, MRI on his joints and muscles, cystoscopy for his bladder, colonoscopy for his colons, EKG for chest troubles, HIV test for AIDS, PT, PTT, and series of blood works. Doctors, however, are yet to find a disease. My friend frequents the Emergency Room in the small town he lives as often as a pastor stretches his holy, unblemished hands for Tithes and Offerings. As I write, my friend is determined to take a complete leave and run away to some lonely desert in Africa so he can get his happy-go-lucky sanity back.
Many times, he had decided that it was time for him to leave his duty post, but he is still hanging on. He gets stressed from a lot of issues ranging from the people’s different shades of personal troubles, growth in his business, and his own personal trying times that seem to be growing with no end in sight. At the end of the day, he found out that nothing was and is wrong with him. His problem all along has been that he refused to rest, pace himself, and balance his life. Like a marathon runner, you give it all you’ve got going uphill and rest as much as you can going downhill. You try to balance the drain on your energy so that you can go the distance.
Whether you are a pastor, soldier, business man or woman, politician, journalist, whatever you do for a living, you’d better take some time to rest. If you don’t, doctors will keep on digging into your body following your plethora of complaints in an attempt to find something that is not actually wrong with you. The many digging processes themselves can dig your grave if you let them keep digging. You don’t want that, do you? You better rest yourself, pace out your schedules, and don’t kill yourself before time. You don’t want someone else spend all the money you struggled to make. Take some long rest, my friend; you’ll be doing yourself a favor if you did.