There will be 16 horses at camp this year. Do you know what that means? Fun…and work. There will be days I just want to take a break. It is fatigue - I know it.
When I start thoughts of wanting to “nag” to my husband, when I typically don’t nag?...I have to realize that I am just plain tired, and I have to guard my lips. It is during those times of fatigue that even the working with the horses, what I love to do on any other day, can become an irritant.
There are times when I can’t even train them…I need to step back for a while. Those are the tired times, I’ve learned from experience, that I can get hurt or frustrated while working training. Oh, the hurts are nothing serious, or haven’t been, like my finger being pinched between a horse jaw and a fence board, a toe getting stepped on, a horse whinnying in my ear, or horse slobber on my shirt.
I’ve found some ideas to help me lower fatigue and to enjoy the summer to the fullest.
One is to know that there are people that come alongside to help - who know about horses, the herd dynamics, the training, the cleaning times, and the safety. Friend, in your work situation, when people to come alongside to offer help to you, when you are tired, so tired, are you willing to let them help? Do you step back to rest? It is hard at times, I know, but I’ve learned that it is for the best.
Secondly, realizing that rest is important. By being able to walk away from work for a while renews energy and revives the spirit. With rest come feelings of refreshment, and a readiness to get back into the work because it really is enjoyable! Work is supposed to be enjoyable. God made work to be that way for us.
I love the verse in Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 This is taken from the English Standard Version (ESV)
18 Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment[a] in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. 19 Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God. 20 For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart.
The third idea to help lower fatigue is to guard against over commitment. Giving the campers a safe and enjoyable ride on the horses this summer is very important. Nothing should get in the way of it. Our hearts and minds need to be at the task, but to over commit? To work from dawn to dusk continually on one’s feet? No. There must be times of rest, and times of quiet thought.
These three things:
1. Someone who understands
2. Being refreshed and rested
3. Not being over committed
This applies everyone...to me...to you, in your work also, whatever you do.
I have learned something:
Fatigue means to tire by work or exertion.
Weariness is more spiritual and has a lot to do with the attitude.
With weariness you can lose your joy, your interest, and your patience in your work.
Here’s my reality check:
There will always be fatigue in life. I can never get away from it. Fatigue can tell me to rest and get away from the mundane, the over and over stuff of work, and to focus on giving my heart and soul to the Lord, and serve Him with a whole heart.
Look to the Lord for satisfaction in all that you do. He will give you great joy. `
This is a gift of God.