I watched a show tonight on the often overlooked fuel of sleep. When I short myself on a proper amount of sleep I compromise my mood ( i get pouty), capabilities, productivity, clarity of thought, and in general my outlook on life becomes negative. Without good sleep any circumstance I face is met with depression, anger, impatience, with maybe more than a smidge of hopelessness. It is often easier said then done when sleep deprived is to get more sleep, but when I do those clouds of confusion and irritation part, and what once felt hopeless is now met with a more rationale and healthy vantage point leaving me scratching my head why I ever thought my situation was hopeless.
Then just as bad, no actually worse is when afflicted by spiritual deprivation where I do not take time for God declaring myself too busy. To miss out on a daily devotional time, and compromise my prayer times with God compromises my spirit and perspective on life just like operating on 4 hours of sleep while eating junk food all night. YECH! I may even confuse my days by including the good disciplines of exercise, work, play, along with the above mentioned fuel of sleep BUT IF.. I do not take time for my relationship with God I find my perspective, attitude, and joy fall short of what God intends and desires for me. In contrast, when I honor God with prayer and devotional times the clouds of doubt and loneliness part as God is now included included in my day as he should be.
So note to self: Be sure to get a proper amount of the overlooked fuel for my body of sleep, AND be sure to include the discipline and joy of a personal relationship with God.
May God bless each of you in this journey to honor Him with all your resources. Jeff