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The Temptation to Sleep

“You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.”

– 1 Thessalonians 5:5,6

Today I’m sharing an excellent metaphor for life. The thing that wants to kill and destroy us is the “falling asleep-ness” of life. Taking a good nap or resting is not what I mean. Napping and rest are Christ-like and we can share that principle with others! What I’m referring to is quitting, giving up, and not pressing on. You have to resist the temptation to “throw in the towel” because pain is a part of your existence and it actually expands your life and your world.

Digging deeper into this metaphor is the phenomenon of the “Mount Everest Nap,” which is the dangerous temptation to sleep when hikers reach the summit. When they reach it, it’s not the severe cold or injuries that kills people — it’s the Everest Nap. Your brain gets low on oxygen when you’re up high, and you get sleepy. The temptation is to lay there and “rest for a minute” but due to acute mountain sickness or low levels of oxygen, you can easily fall asleep and perish. The mountain is covered with young, athletic, amazing, high-willed people who succumbed to the temptation to sleep.

Friend, giving up or having a lack of perseverance is not an option. There is no time like the present to birth new dreams and visions. Bringing new life into the world is always messy, scary, and yes, even painful. But in giving birth, we embrace a will for life, not a will for death. In some cases, you need to push yourself through the concrete, the heartache, and the surprises. We can fulfill all God has for us with the help of the Holy Spirit!

Prayer


Father, encourage me to keep pursuing my dreams and visions.

Reflection


What new dreams or visions are you bringing to life?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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