Harris, Former Oregon Conference President
the fires for many an emotional explosion. Serious mistakes
are often made when men and women grow tired, both physically and
Misunderstandings, broken homes, lost jobs and a host of other adverse
circumstances thrive in the hotbed of taut muscles, frayed nerves
Here are some suggestions that may be helpful when you reach that
it" feeling as you approach the close of another long day too
full of too
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY WHEN YOU ARE TIRED.
There is less "take" and more "give" when you
are worn out, and it seems
easier to give vent to the spirit of retaliation if you are stressed
your tongue when you know you are tired. Sarcasm is never helpful,
end of a long hard day, it is sure to do more damage than good.
ruffle easier; the chip on your shoulder loses its balance quicker,
"lose it" easier and with more venom and volume. So bite
your tongue when
are tired and wait for the thermometer of your inner self to cool
there is a melt down. The things you find hard to take now will
be a lot
when you are refreshed and rested. Don't argue with an idiot. People
sometimes can't tell the difference.
SAVE YOUR BIG DECISIONS FOR A BRAND NEW DAY.
You have just barely made it through this day, don't take on tomorrow's
troubles too. Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about
hurts of the past come back with a vengeance when you are tired;
come back magnified and multiplied. After a good nights rest, they
slink back to the lower level where they belong.
DO THE LITTLE CLEAN UP JOBS NEAR THE END OF
Don't begin some new big and difficult task an hour before it is
for the day. The obstacles always loom larger. The threats toward
seem even more ominous at the end of the day. Everything gets out
grows out of proportion when your nerves are on edge from the stress
day. Wait for a brand new day to start the "Big Job" You
will be glad you
and so will everyone who works for you or with you. Someone has
stress is when you wake up screaming and then you realize that you
HELP SOMEONE ELSE WHEN YOU ARE TIRED.
Few things in life perk up everyone as much as a cheery smile, a
hand, a gentle voice, a soft touch, a kind deed, or a friendly voice
telephone. Drop in at the hospital to see a sick friend. Do something
someone. Even being kind and or helpful to a total stranger makes
and the stranger may think about it for hours. You may even have
day." A real friend is one who walks in when everyone else
TAKE A BREAK, GO FOR A WALK, ENJOY A SHORT
A little snooze at midday can put spring back in to your step. It
you a lift to that downward curve in your lips. You feel fresher,
will be a nicer person to be around if you can do it. Furthermore,
show that a little nap around midday helps your heart and the rest
is more productive. No one admires an overworked, stressed out colleague.
years from now, it won't have mattered that much that you took the
Exercise daily. Walk with the Lord.
CALL ON HIM WHO "FAINTETH NOT NOR GROWS
WEARY." Isaiah 40:28
Here is a chance for you to practice your religion. Put it to
the test. Go to Him in prayer. He has no tired hours. His hand is
always strong. His ear is always sympathetic. Use His big shoulders
for your heavy burdens. He handles more problems in a moment than
you experience in a life time. He is waiting to help you. Just dial
a prayer, He doesn't have an answering machine.