Mark 6:31 - Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest."
We’re taught in this culture to push ourselves. Many people are working two jobs or at least a great deal of overtime. I understand that sometimes this is the only way to survive financially, but a person who suffers from chronic pain or an illness is unable to keep up this pace for very long. And this is the result:
It’s like being in a space ship on Star Trek and your shield’s going down. You leave yourself as an open target.
“Scotty, we need more power!”
“Aye, Captain. But you used it all up.”
If you burn out, you’ll get nothing done. Avoiding overdrive means a less stressful lifestyle, and productivity will actually go up.
Haven’t you noticed that when you’re in a hurry, you’re more likely to make mistakes and then have to back track? Also, you’ll be in a better place physically.
So what can we do to help this situation? We must adjust our expectations. Our expectations of ourselves and those we have of others. Below you’ll find a link to a great article on expectations. It helps to explain why people today expect so much, but aren’t willing to give back.
The Bible verse above shows that even Jesus and his disciples needed a break from all they were doing. Jesus knew that preventing his disciples from going into overdrive was necessary and important. His example is a good one for us to follow today especially in our “overdrive” culture.
Do you have trouble with pushing yourself too hard or do you ever get stuck in overdrive? I’d love to hear from you.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.