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.

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