When You are Tired / by Louis Holstein

When you are tired, learn to breathe. Allow the inhale and exhale of your breath to form a rhythm, a tempo of solitude.

When you are tired, reach out for help. Life is not meant to be lived alone; there is strength in admitting weakness.

When you are tired, don’t move too quickly. A hasty decision is not always a good decision and choices made in weariness rarely produce good results.

When you are tired, get Jesus involved. He is always inviting us in, calling us by name. “Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

When you are tired, remember: exhaustion does not last forever. This too shall pass. There will be a tomorrow that provides rest and rejuvenation, don’t give in.

When you are tired, let hope live. It is easy to water the fatigue giving it the nutrients it needs to grow. Instead, water the hope deep inside of you. Let hope live.


I am tired. It is okay to be tired. I am also filled with hope. Hope fuels my heart. I wrote “When You are Tired” as reminder to my forgetful self. The previous two posts have been about the challenging season my wife and I have been walking through, this is the third and last. Yes the season is difficult, yes I am tired, and yes we will make it through. I wish there was a more obvious beginning, middle and end, but that is not how life is. We are given enough strength for today. I have sat in my weariness for long enough, it’s time to create and pour out. If you are tired, I hope this encourages you, if you are not tired, save this- for you may need it later.