PLEASE PAUSE AND FOCUS IN 2018

As a young medical doctor, I worked in a rural hospital in Nigeria, which catered to the health needs of several thousands of people. There were only two of us, medical doctors, manning the hospital, and it was very busy.  It was so busy that I worked almost round the clock daily.

I clearly recollect that the second doctor, my boss, out of his experience, and genuine concern for me, advised me on several occasions to pause, go for regular brakes, and rest.  Other well-meaning people advised me alike, but I ignored them. Why should I pause, and why should I rest when there are loads of patients to be seen? I asked myself each time they advised me.

Anyway, I continued to work very hard without restraint, day in day out, until I collapsed in my office one afternoon, and I would have lost my life, if not that I was discovered and rushed to a nearby hospital for further treatment on time.  I was off work for nearly two weeks afterwards. I survived that ordeal; many people in my situation didn’t, sadly!

It was during my time off work, that I realized the folly of working without restraint, and developed a sensible balance between work and rest.  Since then, I have been more useful to myself and humanity.

Yes, we all have diverse aims and aspirations, which we tend to pursue vigorously, but, we shouldn’t do so to our detriment.  We should remember constantly that there is time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1); time for work and time for rest inclusive.   If God could pause for rest after His work of creation (Genesis 2:3), then we need to emulate Him (Exodus 35:2).

Friend, as you go on with the year 2018, please pause and focus on getting a practical balance between work and rest.  Take regular and adequate rest from work to build up the energy you need to realize your God-given capabilities.  In addition, sleep adequately, eat sensibly, and exercise your body regularly. Let go of all hurts as well (Isaiah 43:18)!

Besides, pause and focus on your family.  Train your children well (Proverbs 22:6), especially about God (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).  Love God and people (Mark 12:30-31).  Also, do good to people when you are in the position to do so, and you will be rewarded at some point (Proverbs 3:27, Galatians 6:9). Study the Bible closely (Joshua 1:8), and pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Moreover, win souls for God; there is wisdom in doing so (Proverbs 11:30).

Most of all, pause and focus on becoming born again if you are not before this time so that you can see the kingdom of God eventually (John 3:3). Therefore, go ahead right now, and confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, and you will be saved (Romans 10:9).  That is, you will become born again!

If you do all above among others in 2018, you will become sound in your body, soul, and spirit.  What’s more, you will flourish beyond measure, laugh your best laugh, dance your best dance, and dream your best dream, in Jesus name. Amen.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!