“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Cor. 10:31
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Gal. 5:22-23
You may not want to be around me when I’m exceedingly tired. Sometimes I don’t want to be around me when I’m exceedingly tired! Sometimes when I’m that tired I get irritable, cranky, impatient, and, yes, sadly, on top of it all, anything but loving. Short-tempered, even mean, sometimes angry. Ugh. Yuck. Ick. I used to not care. But now I belong to Jesus. I live for Jesus. I love Jesus more than anything and anyone in the universe. He is mine. And I am His. And the last thing in the world I want to do now is break the Lord’s two greatest commands. To love Him with all my heart. To love others as myself.
And when I’m that tired, and fall into all the irritable yucky stuff, above all else, I find myself not walking in Christ’s love the way we are called to walk. It may come out in my relationship with the Lord. It may come out in a conversation with someone. It may come out at my sweet doggies. And, if there’s anything I have discovered about all of this stuff that sometimes happens when I’m really tired, it’s this.
Tired is no excuse. Sin against God is sin against God. Sin against others is sin against others. All sin needs to be repented of. All sin needs God’s forgiveness. All sin needs to be turned away from. We live in a super busy world. A really busy culture. People are busy, busy. And sometimes tired, tired. But whether we are wide awake or exceedingly tired, the Lord is God forever. And we are not to excuse our sin based on our busyness and fatigue. We need to do what’s right in the eyes of the Lord regardless of how awake or tired we are. Regardless of how we feel. Regardless of our circumstances. We need to live to love, honor, adore, praise, serve, and worship God! And love others in Christ’s name!
Tired? Take a break. Take a nap. Take a rest. And, if you can’t, carry on with whatever God is leading you to do. But whatever you do, do so in a manner glorifying and honoring to the Lord! Bottom line? Walk in Christ’s love and bear the fruits of His Spirit who lives inside His followers. Hallelujah!