Are you feeling...
Feeling tricked, sad or in a “no win” situation?
Feeling you don’t measure up and things not turning out like you imagined?
Feeling inadequate or something is wrong with you?
Feeling you are a bad person, bad friend, bad Christian, bad spouse, bad Christian?
Feeling responsible for everyone and everything?
Feeling overwhelmed and burdened?
Feeling vulnerable or dirty?
Feeling observed, measured or watched?
Feeling suspicious and believe a good defense is a good offense?
Maintaining an air of being right, even when you are wrong?
Certainly, the pace and circumstances of life can be overwhelming. The ebb and flow of the human experience can have a way of depleting our joy and zapping our optimism. Gratefully, we serve a God who understands our human condition and we don’t have make weariness a life-long companion. Jesus addresses this reality when he says,
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
– Matthew 11:28-30
Unfortunately, we often become so weary in trying to do good and be good that we get stuck focusing on efforts for God rather than our relationship with God. The fact remains that God is not mad. His love for you does not change and He stands ready to be your closest friend in the midst of the struggle. So give up simply trying to impress Him and others by "trying harder" or "doing better" and reconnect your soul to the one who longs to strengthen you with His endless mercy, generous grace and abiding presence.
If you answered “yes” to any of the above, I encourage you to make an appointment with Jesus in the next few minutes, hours or days. Make a time to get quiet, soften your heart and re-connect to God. Heart to heart. As you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you. And as you reestablish your connection to Him, I pray you will find his promise of easy yoke and lighter burden. He loves you and stands ready!
In His Grip,
2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
James 4:8 The Message (MSG)
7-10 So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.