Late Nights; Long Days

Very TiredHave you ever had one of those days? You know the kind. You wake up before your alarm and can’t go back to sleep. Throughout the day you move from one project to another, overloaded with more to do than you know what to do with. You bounce from meeting to meeting solving problems, making decisions, offering opinions, taking in new information. Every person you come in contact with presents another challenge, another opportunity and sometimes another unexpected distraction. You’re fighting a deadline so you decide to stay late. You skip dinner. Later you look back to realize you didn’t really skip dinner as much as forgot about it. You end the day a good 18 hours or more after it started. Your head hits the pillow still buzzing. There’s more to do. Tomorrow will be a repeat of today. There’s no way around it. Those kinds of days can be exhausting.

But what if they weren’t?

What if you poured that kind of effort and energy into the things you do and came out on the other side energized and excited by the work? What if a day like that filled you up instead of tearing your down. Finding this kind of life in the relentless daily grind of your busy schedule isn’t easy, but it is possible.

There’s a scene in Scripture where Jesus has had a rough day. He’s been so busy he hasn’t stopped to eat. The Disciples come to him concerned, “Jesus, you have to eat something!” He simply looks at them and responds, “I have meat to eat you know not of.” He wasn’t being curt, snide or sarcastic. He was being honest. “Yup, it’s been a rough day. Yet, somehow, instead of drained, I feel full!” It’s an example of the sustaining power of God at work.

This can be your story. It’s the story of a person on mission. It’s the story of someone who understands God’s call on their life and the unique shape he’s given you for ministry. It’s amazing what God can do through a person who knows what they’re supposed to do, how they’re supposed to do it and why. It’s remarkable to see how God uses ordinary people to accomplish His extraordinary plan.

How will you finish today? Exhausted and energized or exhausted and used up? The difference is in the mission. The choice  is yours.

Philippians 2:17-18, “Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.”

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