Have you ever felt tired? I have for sure and the older I get the more I feel tired, and now with this Parkinson’s disease as part of my life tiredness is pretty much a constant. But with that said, I have never felt more intense, numbing tiredness than I have on this bicycle trip. Tiredness if dwelt on for long can almost paralyze a person, and can quickly move from our body to our mind. Once that shift has happened we become unmotivated, lethargic, indifferent, sad, complacent, even depressed. Physical and mental tiredness will influence greatly our choices, our relationships, and practically every area of our life.
So what should a tired person do to fight this? Well here is my plan and strategy, because I want to fight against every negative thing in my life, not just give into it.
(1) remind myself that every one gets tired, that is the way life is. Don’t consider it a strange thing, a bad thing, a curse, or a respecter of persons.
(2) because of truth #1, I will never allow self-pity to stay in my thoughts. I will exercise self-control over my thinking and take every thought captive. Self-pity is a killer of everything good in us.
(3) controlling my thoughts is the primary way of dealing with tiredness so I need to continually grow in the skill and discipline of doing that. Memorizing Key Bible verses and choosing to meditate on them when my thinking goes bad is my primary strategy. It becomes a habit if worked on faithfully.
(4) we were created by God for accomplishment. When we work hard at accomplishing significant things with our life we will feel tired, and the harder we work the tireder we will feel. Tiredness is a badge of accomplishment. “It feels so good to be tired!” That is what I say to myself, instead of, “Whooeee I am so tired!”
(5) God gives energy and strength, and He gives it to those who depend on Him, who trust Him, who love Him, who serve Him, and He gives it to those who ask for it, and the more we ask, the more He gives.
Two of my key verses I meditate on when tired is Psalms 18:1, “I love You, O Lord, my strength”.
Psalms 18:31′ “Who is God, but The Lord? And who is a rock except our God, the God who girds me with strength and makes me successful?”
“It feels so good to be tire! O Lord, give me Your strength so I can do more”
(6) Rest is critical for strength. Jesus rested. Today is a rest day and we have one each week. We rest every 5 miles for a couple of minutes just standing over our bikes. We take a longer break several times each day to eat and recover. While riding I stand up on the pedals and quit pedaling for about 10 seconds just about every mile. It feels so good! I get to bed so I can get plenty of sleep for the next days accomplishments.
(7) gratitude and joy give lots of strength and energy. I say, “Thank You, Lord!” All day long, over and over again.
This is my simple plan and it works quite well for me. I am not a bundle of energy, but I am not defeated by hard things, and I look forward to the next big goals in my life that God leads me to set.