When I was a child my mom would come to the end of a busy day, put her feet up as she sat on our brown lumpy suede couch and declare, “I am given out.”
In my youthful ignorance I assumed she was saying she was tired and in part she was. Once I had children I realized what she meant. She was saying, “I have been giving to someone since I woke up this morning, and now there is no longer any energy left in the tank to give to one more person.”
There are five children in my family and mom made sure we had everything we needed and were at the right place on time. She prepared three home cooked meals daily complete with homemade biscuits, bread and desserts. She gave to people in the community and church. She kept our home clean and even vacuumed, swept and mopped almost daily. Just listing all she got done wearies me.
Though she gave of herself generously all day she learned the secret of filling her tank again. She went to bed and slept on a regular schedule. She read her Bible daily and spent time with the Lord. Sunday was reserved for church and an afternoon nap. She fixed healthy meals for our family and tried to get exercise at least 3 or 4 times a week. She was generous with her time to others but her family was her top priority. She said yes to one or two service areas at church but said no with a smile when asked to over commit.
If you are feeling given out these days check your list. Are you spending time daily with the Lord? Are you getting adequate rest and eating properly? Are there things you need to let go of so you can say yes to the best things?
Read and remember the passage above from Matthew, then come to God and allow Him to help you give you rest and direct you to the things that are best for you.