Psalms 127:2 (KJV)
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
I once stayed at a five-star hotel and received very poor service. The hotel was beautiful in every way; no expense had been spared in the presentation of this fine resort. The colors and textures provided a soothing, calming feeling to the weary eye. The menu offered foods that were pleasing to the palate, and the rooms looked clean and polished upon entry. However, it did not take very long to find the flaws behind the façade and see all the shortcuts the staff had taken.
Who could miss the large bag of popcorn that had been dumped out and left underneath the bed? Who could discount the two hours it took for room service to arrive, or the frustration the front desk displayed as they tried to undo the reservation problems that some other workers had created? This expensive, five-star hotel was short staffed, and because of this problem, the customers experienced a great number of service mishaps and errors.
When we allow ourselves to become tired and overworked, we are predisposed to make unnecessary mistakes that can be time-consuming and costly to reverse. While we may look like a five-star hotel on the outside, on the inside we offend the organs in our bodies by making demands upon them without giving them the time they need to rest and recuperate. Thus, the work they put out is subpar at best. This result can frustrate us, as we become sick under the body’s burden, leaving us unable to provide the five-star service that our facility has promised.
You have been fearfully and wonderfully made, and if you are willing to take care of your body, giving it the necessary tools and the rest it requires, not only will you be able to do your job with fewer mistakes, but you will do your job well. And in times of crisis, that same body will be able to hold up under the stress instead of folding like a deck of cards.