Taking time to rest and be refreshed is sometimes easier said than done. In a world where we are pushed to “make the most of every moment”, “be the best you can be” and “strive for excellence”, it could be easy to get caught up in that momentum. And the result might end up being stress. Unfortunately, if we are stressed, we can get burned out, and our light cannot shine. Jesus instructs us: “... let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
Being pulled in many directions is true for so many of us, we claim any one or all of these roles: parent, sibling, aunt/uncle, son/daughter, employee/employer, counselor, mentor, member of the school, the church, the community in which we live and there are responsibilities with each role. Wow. Work, obligations, duties. Possible burnout? And yet, we are called to put God first. Put God first. God asks us not to worry, but to seek Him and know Him (Matthew 6:25 - 34) and He will give us rest “... learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11: 29).
How can we do that?
Jesus tells us, “Come to Me,all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”. (Matthew 11:28). Jesus knows we get tired and that we need Him, and so He tells us to come to Him! The author of Philippians tells us many great things about looking to God and Jesus Christ and living out our faith in our everyday lives, but he also includes that we should rejoice and talk to God about everything and He WILL give us peace:
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:4- 6).
Regarding peace and refreshment for our souls, God gives us the steps to follow, a directive: Rejoice, Seek HIM, Talk to HIM, Guard your heart, Guard your mind; Do these things, and He WILL give you peace.
The government gave us “Family Day”. Family Day is a day many people can rest from their work and enjoy the day with their families. But, let’s remember that God has already given us a day: Sunday!! He has given us that day because he knows us and loves us and knows we need rest. So take it! Take a day every week: a day to rest, to worship our Lord and Saviour, fellowship with believers and be refreshed. And we do not have to feel guilty for needing and wanting this day because God gave it to us. Accept His gift, thank God, rejoice, and be refreshed! And then be ready for whatever the week may bring….
~Mrs. M. Heeg