Monday, February 22, 2010
Temptations of the weary
If you think being tired is just a state of being, think again. Exhaustion, weariness, tiredness can be traps to make a real mess of our lives. Do you ever hear yourself apologizing and then blaming your behavior on being tired? "Oh I'm sorry. I didn't mean that. I'm just so tired--" There are the stories of people who signed papers, made purchases and agreements and promises when tired and not thinking clearly. These acts of weariness have resulted in years of problems. When you're tired it will take you sometimes twice as long to complete a task. When you're tired you're more likely to be impatient, unkind, or rude. Ever noticed how ticked off you can get when you're exhausted? When you're tired it's hard to hear from God. That's because your frame of mind is agitated and dulled. You're just not listening. When you're tired it's easier to feel sorry for yourself, find fault and complain. If you stub your toe when you're rested you might yelp with the sudden pain, but if you stub you're toe when you're sleep deprived and/or worn out, you become enraged. People have forfeited their morals when tired; they have compromised their integrity while in a state of weariness. The good news is tiredness is a temporary condition. A little sleep, a little folding of the hands, and we're good to go again, and no longer prone to the temptations of the weary.