But I have found that if I sharpen the axe, that is take care of my body, fitness, work out, I have more energy and stamina in my practice of the discipline for Godliness, i.e. my time in the Word.
Further in the past nine years the Lord has allowed me to travel overseas on ten short term mission trips where I worked with people in the Word on eight of them. I have learned that those trips are draining. Even though I am engaged in my passion, I discovered my passion will only carry me 4 days without sleep. So part of the reason Ecclesiastes 10:10 is important to me, is to tolerate those trips better physically.
So for me this is a two pronged approach based on those two passages. If I err I err to the side of 2 Timothy 4:8. I am praying and learning that this approach is helping me be more effective.