by Angecor Delgado
Are you stressed out, bored, and tired of teaching English and all the other things that come with it like making lesson plans and stuff? Have you also gotten uptight with tasks regarding your classes? And with all these things going on, have you tried dropping them all for a while and relaxed yourself by enjoying the snow or the bright sunshine?
Those were my feelings on the first month of my stay here. I was filled with loneliness and stress. I was bored and tired. I was also pushing myself a little bit too hard because teaching is not my profession.
In life, I learned that what does not kill me makes me stronger. But once in a while it is also a good thing to loosen up, find time to meditate and appreciate the little wonders and gifts from God. Psalm 104:24 says,
“O Lord, how many and varied are Your works! In wisdom have You made them all; the earth is full of Your riches and Your creatures.”
These are the things that make my effort all worth it. With the knowledge of God’s creation, all knowledge that I try hard enough to gain will not be in vain. Romans 12:11 says that,
“Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord.”
While this text suggests enthusiasm in serving God, we all know that human beings deserve and need some break time. For a hunter to keep his bow more fit to use, he needs to loosen its string and let it go slack. A bow that is always bent eventually breaks. People are also like that. That is why we all need to take time to rest.
After long, tiring days of work, Jesus had prescribed time off for His wearied disciples. He also set the Sabbath for all of us to rest from all the work. Should not we take His example seriously? Start by setting aside a special time to relax physically and renew yourself emotionally and spiritually. You will be at your best for the Lord if you take time to loosen the bow.