A Good Tired

Is there such a thing as a good tired? Often when I’m tired, I get cranky, impatient & selfish. So what kind of tired might be the good kind?
Here are a few good “tireds” for me:

  • exercise tired: when I’ve swum hard, run long or lifted well, my body is spent & there’s a euphoria that feels very satisfying
  • mission tired: sometimes when I come home from a Saving Moses trip, there’s a sense of rich fulfillment, seeing redemption in realtime for today & into the future
  • people tired: when I minister, it feels good to spend myself & let the Holy Spirit work, touch & talk through me. 

There’s also some bad “tireds” that I experience from time to time:

  • selfish tired: when I get self-absorbed, this can be very draining
  • abundance tired: there’s an interesting balance between being overfull versus starving; being overfull with activities, achievements, food, sleep, coffee, etc can make me very tired
  • stress tired: when I carry / hold lots of pressures, it drains me of energy

Seems to me that the good tired happens when I’m balanced & keeping my eyes on Jesus. The bad tired happens when I get my eyes off of Jesus & try to fill myself with other stuff. Jesus is always our best choice 🙂

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constructive rest :)

  My kids are officially on Summer Break & oh the joys of no school work, staying home, making pancakes, playing outside, having lemonade stands, being with their friends and so much more!!!  Yahoooo!!!  I’m also challenging them to read for one hour a week so they keep their reading skills sharp – an important tool for success. 

I believe that God gives each of us seasons of rest, but we must be mindful to consider that rest isn’t the same as amusement.  For me, rest is constructive.  Rest can be creating some space to think, be, listen & connect.  Rest can also be the decision to trust that God is bigger than any challenge, hardship, difficulty, darkness or uncertainty.  Jesus said that we can come to Him & find rest in Him, the One Who loves the entirety of who you really are 🙂