The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Living beyond fatigue

We can live from a deeper place, one where God's grace has made us free

Fatigue is not so much our personal failing as our collective responsibility. As Christians, we are encouraged to extend ourselves, to use the hope we know in Christ as fuel. We often can do more than we think we can. God's grace is what drives our engine, not any particular personal capacity.

 Committed Christians often do have remarkable energy. But today many of us find ourselves very tired when we follow cultural — rather than spiritual — instructions to "do" and "do" and "do" still more. Our culture is in acceleration mode. So we go faster and faster, and we become more and more tired. Tired biologically and psychologically. God's grace isn't given to us to fuel 18-hour days, day after week after month.

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