This past Sunday in my Bible school class we talked a bit about the highs and lows of faith, particularly how that relates to teens. It would appear that often there is an appeal to live in the hype, or the need for some big, experiential event. How many times do people come back from retreats or mission trips excited about God only to then crash back to earth upon arriving home? The mountain top is important, but so is the valley. If you don’t pay attention to every moment in life, you might miss out on what God has for you in the valley. The appeal to string together a bunch of spiritual highs will wear a person out.
This can be compared to those high energy drinks people use. Over the years there have been reports about people getting sick or having heart problems after their use. There was a new story out yesterday that said the FDA is now looking into Monster because of some deaths and heart attacks linked to it. These high energy drinks create a rush in a person’s body. The rule of “what goes up must come down” still applies. It is not a healthy alternative to sleep, but that doesn’t prevent people from drinking them.
My point is that we need to take care of ourselves bother physically and spiritually. That means sleep for our physical bodies and rest for our spiritual lives. We are not going to always be on that emotional high, but thankfully God’s Word is what we base our lives on, not on our emotions. If we don’t look to His Word, we risk a crash. We need to abide in Christ each day. It is in Him that we are able to navigate the ups and downs of life.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5