Weariness, in this devotional, is a reference to feeling worn out, tired, or fatigued. In II Thessalonians 3:13, Paul urges his readers not get tired. The text reads, “And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.” Perhaps one of the things that tempted them to be weary was getting older.
In this devotional, let’s focus on how getting older can contribute to your tiredness. You may be able to remember when going up several flights of stairs was no problem. If you forgot something and had to go back down stairs and then come back up stairs, it may have been inconvenient, but it was definitely doable.
However, “birthdays” (i.e., getting older) can make you work on your planning. I find myself laughing at how I think twice, before I go back down stairs. And sometimes, I leave some stuff down there, because it is not worth the trouble (smile).
After a long day at work, handling family responsibilities (e.g., children, spouse, relatives, etc.), and then an hour for television, reading, or exercising, it is not strange to find yourself worn out. And the older we get, the more likely it is that we experience this.
You may feel like quitting or at least cutting back on your work with your church and community, because your energy is simply not what it used to be. Is a week of Sunday School, Sunday Worship, Wednesday Prayer Meeting, Wednesday Bible Study, a ministry group meeting, and then another church related outing taking more out of you?
Is being a member of the NAACP, volunteering with the Urban League, helping with the local school, or some other community service become more and more draining? If you are also involved in denominational work or some Greek organization then your level of fatigue may be even greater.
However, our text, II Thessalonians 3:13, urges us not to quit. The best we can do is the best that we can do; however, we need to make sure we are doing our best and not just giving up. Sometimes we may need to recharge our batteries, but we need to be careful about giving into weariness caused by getting older.
Self Examination 1. Cite some examples of how getting older seems to be taking some of your strength away.
2. Cite some examples of how you can scale down or take a brief break, instead of simply quitting.
3. What are you going to do to improve in this area?
Prayer Great and awesome God, the One who never gets tired and the One who gives me strength in my weakest moments, it is to You that I pray. Thank You for how You have always given me strength to run on a little while longer.
I confess that sometimes I give too much energy to think about getting older and being weary than I should. Please forgive me and help me spend more energy on being a wise steward of my health and spiritual gifts. Help to avoid giving in to weariness. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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