As I write this post, I’m tired – and when my body gets tired, my eyes struggle. They struggle so much, in fact, that it gets hard for me to see clearly. I think about this reality when I think of pastors who are just tired of opposition and apathy. When you’re just tired of it all . . .
- You struggle seeing the good things God is doing. All the negative stuff clouds out the positive.
- You fail to see the future with faith. It’s tough to see a great tomorrow when you’re just trying to get through today.
- You sometimes make bad decisions because you don’t see everything clearly enough. The “data” you have is fuzzy, and your conclusions are faulty.
- You see church leadership as a job to fulfill, not a privilege to live out. Sunday comes, and you have to do your job. Ministry becomes a burden rather than a joy.
- You see the “other grass” as greener than it is. That happens when you see your current grass as only brown. Everybody’s grass looks greener then.
- You don’t see your own sin. Your eyes turn to everybody else’s issues, and you fail to see your own spiritual issues.
- You miss people who are just waiting to help you. They’re there, but you can’t see them when you’re too tired to look around.
- You can’t easily see what God is teaching you. He is teaching you something, but it’s hard to see it when your vision’s unclear.
- You don’t see what your discouragement does to your family. You bring your pain home, let it overshadow everything, and fail to see its effects on others.
- You need to rest your eyes more. Literally. We simply see things differently when our bodies and minds are rested.
What other results come to mind for you?