Don't Kill the Horse

by Jan Silvious

Don't Kill the Horse

Do you need to take a break today? Have you worked yourself into an eternal state of exhaustion?

It is so easy to do, thinking that you are doing something great, but the truth is there is nothing holy about staying in an exhausted state all of the time. We have periods of stress and protracted times of responsibility that we cannot do anything about…and there is grace for those moments. But tragically, we sometimes plunge headlong into obligations, forgetting that there is a law of rest that God has put into place for everyone. No exceptions.

"Six days you are to do your work, but on the seventh day you shall cease from labor so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female slave, as well as your stranger, may refresh themselves" (Ex. 23:12 NASV).

J. Oswald Sanders wrote: "It is possible to throw our lives away foolishly by burning the candle at both ends. When Robert Murray McCheyne, only thirty years old, lay dying, he said to a friend at his bedside, ‘God gave me a message to deliver and a horse to ride. Alas, I killed the horse, and now I cannot deliver the message.' The horse was, of course, his body. Christian workers should accept it that their service will be costly if it is to be effective, but they should be careful not to kill the horse."

The Relational IQ point of the day is, "What is going on with your horse today?

From a radio script. The quotation is from J. Oswald Sanders, Leadership,

Vol. 7, no. 3.