Journal Entry 143

In the last five days I had to work over 50-60 hours in the hospital, and I only had Sunday off to rest. My manager offered me to work today with a bonus, and it was very tempting to accept it. However, I declined knowing that I needed a break and I needed to go to the prayer meeting. I plan on scheduling my days wiser next time. May God help me to learn my limitations and learn how to properly rest. I tend to overwork myself, and that is an issue of pride, not love nor humility. I cannot take care of others if I cannot take care of myself physically and spiritually. By the power of the Holy Spirit, Christ spent sufficient time eating and praying. He spent sufficient time with the Heavenly Father and sufficient time taking care of Himself. Yet, Jesus knew how to prioritize when He said My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me (John 4:34).

I was also thinking of Proverbs 23:4 where it says, “Do not overwork to be rich; because of your own understanding, cease!” 2 days ago, I read Proverbs 30 and was reminded of verse 8 and 9. It says, “remove falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches–feed me with the food allotted to me; let I be full and deny You, and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God.” Those are some very interesting Proverbs.

Anyhow, I worked today I would not be able to prepare a meal for the brethren, whom I greatly appreciate and love. May God bless the prayer meeting today.

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5 thoughts on “Journal Entry 143”

  1. Yes, God also allowed Elijah to rest and eat, and he could go forty days and forty nights with the help of the food (and the sleep as well, probably). (1 Kings 19:5-8) It was also hard for me to balance work and life when I used to work in my country. Since my boss never let me go home after 8 hours, I had no choice, but I hope you can manage your time well as you said if it is possible. Still, you seem to be doing great. I’m happy for you.

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