Read 1 Kings 19 and we see an epic tale of a tired servant. Life often does not go according to plan and when we win in one area, another challenge comes up and hits back hard. So what do we do? In 1 Timothy 6 Paul tells us to pursue gentleness and then fight the good fight. Weird words put together. How does gentleness work?
A mentor once said: It's ok to have a pity party, but set an end date. There are times we need to rest. This is what God did for Elijah. God didn't beat him, scold him, etc. God listened, let him sleep, gave him food. Gentleness restores and recognizes sometime people need to be refreshed first.
The next element is pointing to peace. Often we want to destroy our opponent. To crush them. God has Elijah waiting and tells him that he'll show up. A severe wind, an earthquake, and a firestorm went by, but God was not in there. Then a gentle whisper goes by and there God was. Often we want calamity to the one causing a challenge. God reminds us that what we need is peace. Gentleness calms and points people to peace. This doesn't ignore the challenges, but points out a better way through them.
When life is hard and not fair we can become very selfish and stuck. After refreshing Elijah and pointing to peace, God sends Elijah back to work. Specifically for him, he was to mentor a new kid on the block called Elisha. When were are tired or hurting, sometimes the best medicine is to get doing something that is beyond our self. We need to serve and build others up.