Friday, July 30, 2010

Finding Rest in a Tiring World (Replay)

This is a replay of a WFTD (Word For the Day) that I did on April 30, 2008.  I hope that this helps someone today just as it might have done 2 years ago!

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April 30, 2008

Good afternoon family and Happy Hump Day!

Yep, it's the middle of the week. I'd like to say we are 2 days away from the weekend and be optimistic rather than saying we are only half way through the week. There is a difference you know :-). It can be difficult to be optimistic all the time because the in and out activities of this world can just plan wear you out.

If you have a job, that in and of itself can wear you out. You have the people at the job, the deadlines to meet, and sometimes it can be just going to the job itself that make you tired. Now, couple that with having a family and juggling extracurricular activities, it can be a chore to find the time for yourself to even breath. It can be quite a circus act for sure and if you are not careful you can allow this world to burn you out. If you have ever been burnt out before raise your hand:raising my hand. It is no good feeling at all and it is usually at that point that your body say, "...get somewhere and sit down..."

So, the world keeps going and you have to operate in it (unless you are flying off the earth and that has its own issues) and find rest. How do you do this? I'm glad you ask. In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus is speaking to a crowd and He says,
"(28)Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (KJV)
Now,I gave you the King James Version, but also, I want to give you what the The Message says in the same verses.
(28-30)"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Getaway with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
Man,oh man. I can answer yes, I'm tired, worn out, and burnt out – and I mean not just on religion but just overall burnt out, but Jesus says come to Him and he will help you to recover. See in times of distress, stress, & strife, people typically run away from God. They tend to go off by themselves and try to sort things out by themselves but that only gives the devil wiggle room to grab your attention for a second. You know where that goes. You give the devil an inch and he'll take a mile.
Jesus says that He will teach you to live freely and lightly only if you just follow Him. Don't let the work of the world tear you away from the grace of the God. Walk with Him and He will show you the way. I don't know about you, but there is no other tour guide that I'd rather have than God showing me the way.
Be blessed gang and try to get some rest from the world.
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Antoine E. Hall


"It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect." - 2 Samuel 22:33
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