Recently I've been very busy... but only on the outside. Strangely I've felt quite restful inside - something that would have been unimaginable a couple of years ago. You see, I had an addiction to busyness. And I only had two patterns of rest that I resorted to: collapsing in physical exhaustion or binging on TV/internet/books in my mental and emotional exhaustion. However, in the Bible, Jesus says "Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) As I've grown in my faith as a Christian I've come to appreciate these words more and more. Jesus has been teaching me: "Stop carrying the burden of proving your own worth, laboring to earn your own righteousness. You can't bear these burdens but I will bear them for you. I have already given you worth and the righteousness of God." As this truth has sunk in, I have found myself living by healthier patterns of rest. Even in the midst of busy days I'm not slave to my insecurities of self worth anymore, I stop to rest before I hit the point of exhaustion, I take life one thing at a time trusting God to provide for the other things and I know that if I fail I am safe in the sovereignty of God - he will use even my failure for my good. There are still corners of my heart where I trust myself more than God and I still long for that day of eternal rest when we enter God's kingdom, but praise God that I've already been transformed so much! Are you a busyness addict too? Are you burdened under insecurities? Pray with me this week that God will intervene and transform you by the truth about what Jesus has already accomplished for you on the cross.
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