DAY 199 OF 365 IN 2021

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.”

If there is a question you are likely to
hear at least once during any shift, it is this ‘have you had a break?’ I know it sounds a bit like it’s expected but we can very easily push this to the wayside. We read today about the disciples returning to recount their exploits only for Jesus to say ‘let’s take a break’. He even went as far as stepping in to do some teaching himself while they had a short respite.

Very often, we may become blinded to the reality that the identity of man is twofold: we are natural and spiritual. We bear the image of God, but we our bodies were created of the dust of the earth. As we live therefore, we will have to stay healthy and take care of our physical bodies because there is a limit to the extent of reach of our bodies

Any strain beyond normal begins to present tell tale signs that we have overstretched. Of course we receive grace to do all things through Christ who strengthens us, nonetheless, that does not eliminate our responsibility to also be real custodians of our bodies.

Just as we read the word, pray and fast for spiritual fortification, the same ought to be true for our physical bodies. So every now and then, get some rest. Go for a walk and take in a breath a fresh air or have a lie in. For a brief moment, just sit in silence, get some sleep, eat right. You hold responsibility for your body because that earthen vessel has to be fit to contain the spiritual treasure intended for it.


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