I’m Tired, What Should I Do?
Dr. James E. Thompson, DD
People in every age and generation and in every walk of life in our historic past, have asked this ever challenging and thought-provoking question for reason or another: “I’m Tired, What Should I Do?” Without question, God-fearing and Christ-loving children of God by faith at this very moment in time are asking this question. This same question of course, will continue to be asked again and again as long as the world stands. Though, many seem to be afraid or ashamed to admit they are tired after many faithful and dedicated years of service to God, or to their employers, businesses, social groups, or other things. No matter what it might be to be exact, becoming tired of doing the same old job week after week, month after month and year after year, under good and adverse circumstances as well: makes no difference, we get tired at times! Even church folk grow tired due to stress and strain, disappointment and other things too numerous to address. The Devil specializes in causes and effects! He can and he will provide just enough negative thoughts, events and circumstances to over-load our minds and prevent us from accomplishing our desired goals and objectives. A large number of us do in fact, become highly disturbed, discouraged and tired of fighting against the devil and give critical thought to giving up; and some actually will give up or quit!
There are many, many, reasons why we grow tired generally speaking, just to name a few: Unresolved emotional/physical challenges, work-overload, need for new job assignment, retirement age, Illness, etc.. Many people both men and women are stressed out to the max emotionally and physically everyday, with no real sense of hope of relief. Some of course, find themselves these days, victims of downsizing and hostile company take-over and doing the work of two or more people. Over a period of time, growing tired under such conditions and others as well, are not abnormal, but normal! Obviously, many, many, people would do better if they were placed in new environments, or given new job-assignments. Even church members after months and years of service, perhaps, would perform better if they too, were placed in new environments and given new job assignments in ministries or in Christian out-reach!
I will be the first to admit, there are no magic answers or quick fixes for everyone who is thusly affected to the degree this commonly asked question seem to project. Especially so, inasmuch as, what might be an excellent solution for some who are tired, might very become a detriment to others. What might work for the business community, will not work for the Christian community, or the domestic community, or the work force in a major or small factory, etc.. Oh, the list goes on and on! Therefore, everyone must take a critical look at where they are at the time, and then seek to find the cause for their being so tired, and look for a solution. Once, a workable solution is found, put it in place and move forward accordingly! Success in life, demand making proper adjustments whenever, wherever and however needed! Those who do tend to survive best; and those who do not tend to become tired and broken by the turbulent winds of life to put it mildly! Of course, everybody should take a break and get some much needed rest before moving to the point of giving up, or quitting!
For all practical reasons of course, my primary focus in this article, is centered upon God’s children who have become tired regarding servitude for one reason or another, and the same don’t seem to know what to do at this point and time in their lives. Paul wrote these encouraging and unforgettable words: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9). One thing we know what not to do when we grow old, weary or tired: “don’t quit,” or “don’t stop!”
Tired Church Members
Church members are tired of many things, too many things to be exact! That will account for the many complainers we see and hear speaking their negative thoughts about the things they are tired of. Members of the church are tired about such things as: sermons are too long, worship is too long and boring, they have to do everything, the church is not growing, members are not right morally and spiritually, and the list goes on and on! When members reach this point and time in Christ, what should they do? Again, there are no quick fixes or magic answers to the above questions and others of equal importance. Again, I remind you of the words of Paul who said: “And let us not grow weary in well doing: for in due season we will reap if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9).
Suffering in the name of Jesus is normal; it goes with the territory (Mark 8:34). Paul wrote: “...that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil” (II Thessalonians 3:2-3). After suffering for awhile, it is normal to get tired; however, it is abnormal to give up or stop working for the Lord. Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me” (Philippians 4:13). One major thing all should consider doing who are affected from the difficult challenges of servitude: continue to get closer and closer to God who is more than able to deliver and preserve us in spite of! If God has brought us to our “red sea” experience, He is more than able to take us across or through the same! He is able to preserve and deliver us regardless of what we face, or who tries to stop us.
Getting Tired Is Common In Parenting
Everybody, experience certain levels of tiredness relative to parenting and grand parenting at times! For God’s sake, don’t give up! Don’t stop! What if our parents had given up on some of us? Oh, the out-come would be unthinkable! Perhaps, this will account for thousands and thousands of people suffering with certain abnormities at this very moment; their parents, grand parents and close of kin gave up on them. Every god-fearing parent should plan to give at least 18-20, or more years to the children they are bless to have respectively. Please know there will be many times and reasons in that time frame, for one to grow weary. Especially, regarding those children who become defiant, disrespectful and disobedient. However, the door of hope regarding the same, must ever remain open for them same to come to him/her self (Luke 15:11-32).
Generally speaking, the time is never right for one to give up or stop doing good or doing right things. The right time of course, is always right to retire and pass the torch on to another when we become too old or too ill! The right time is always right to pass on the torch to another and do something else in the kingdom, when we discover we are burned-out, too possessive, too controlling, or lording over the Lord’s heritage.