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Davidisms - Fatigue Makes Cowards of Us All

U.S. Army General George Patton wrote to his troops during World War 2, “Fatigue makes cowards of us all. Men in condition do not tire.” Vince Lombardi agreed and motivated his players by saying it this way, "You've got to keep yourself in prime physical condition, because fatigue makes cowards of us all." It was one of Winston Churchill’s favorite quotes as well. Why is fatigue such a problem? Why do the trials in our lives suddenly grow into giants when we’re weary? Why does exhaustion cause us to make mountains out of mole hills? It’s simple, really. Our bodies are connected to our mind and emotions. When our bodies become tired, our minds become drained. We can’t think clearly, and maintaining an optimistic attitude is nearly impossible. Subsequently, our circumstances seem to be worse than they really are. So how do we conquer fatigue? We rest! “Be still, and know that I am God'' (Psalm 46:10). We believe that God is in control of everything. Consequently, we can lay our weary heads on our pillows at night and rest. Though we may sleep, God never does (Psalm 121:4). Therefore, we can sleep! Get plenty of sleep every night, ideally 7-8 hours. It’s during this time that God restores your body and mind. When you wake up in the morning feeling rested and refreshed, you’re conditioning your body and mind to fight the good fight. And you’re able to do so feeling invigorated. Ready to go. Excited to tackle your day! Remember to rest. Why? Because fatigue makes cowards of us all.

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