Rest

Okay, I’m going to be honest. I don’t know about you, but I can be pretty hard on myself. Somewhere, sometime I decided that whatever I’m doing is not enough—not good enough, not fast enough, not ENOUGH enough. In this face-paced era there are so many things to do—and yet—not enough hours, not enough energy. And so I race through life, trying to finish everything on my list, and there is always too much. And so I end up exhausted and ill.

And so, I FAIL.

I fail to achieve the standards I’ve set on myself, the standards I think others are holding me to. I hate admitting failure. Failure hurts. And so I carry around the shame and guilt of not achieving “the standards.” But then I ask, “Who set these standards? Where is God in this?” I relisten to all the accusations of failure echoing in my head and realise that He isn’t saying them.

And so I have to ask the question, “Why do I place so much pressure on myself to achieve? Why did I decide that I needed to cram that ‘one more thing’ in my already busy life?” I so easily find myself running from task to task—trying to “do enough”—that I forget to live in relationship. And then I realise that God isn’t asking me “to do,” so much as He asks me “to be.” To be in relationship with Him. In all of my achieving, I miss that.

And so, I find GRACE.

For some reason, grace is a bit difficult to sit with. Grace says something different from the familiar voices of accusation. It says, “You are valued. You are not a failure.” And then I’m reminded of what Christ said—“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

And so, I REST.

I rest in Christ, in the knowledge that I am enough. If you are weary today, I encourage you to do the same. You are valued. You are enough. Take time to rest in Christ today.

Psalm 34:7,8

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The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them. Taste and see that the Lord is good. How happy is the man who takes refuge in Him!

— Psalm 34:7,8 (HCSB)

Sounds like the best camping trip ever.

Psalm 34:3

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Proclaim Yahweh’s greatness with me; let us exalt His name together.

— Psalm 34:3 (HCSB)

Another Update from OZ

I’m back from camping. I cannot believe how quickly those two weeks flew by!!! Although I am glad to be back at the base, I was also really sad to leave Hidden Valley! Ok, so Hidden Valley isn’t actually that exciting. It is, essentially, a field, with a shed. Cows walk by periodically and there are some normal-looking trees all around. Oh, there are some special things about the place, such as the nearby creek which was nice to swim in and the friendly neighborhood bilbies which visited us in the evening.

Time really flies, doesn’t it? I cannot believe we are all leaving for out first outreaches in just the next few days! While I’m a little sad that our DTS is going to be split up for these next 3 weeks, my excitement over being about to minister to the youth of Australia FAR outways everything. I am SO excited about what God is going to work through us. During worship today, I really felt God’s heart to reclaim this generation–MY generation–for Him, and my heart totally broke for them. It is NOT ok that they don’t know Him, that they hope in Him, that they don’t have a relationship with Him. I am so excited about my team being about to go into schools and really make a difference and be the change. That we can BE Christ for the kids, and show His Light. I love my team and I am so excited to work together with them. We are such a unified group and all have been given so many gifts. Now is our chance to step out in them through Him. Australia, here we come!
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