Life is fast paced. With social media, fast food, fast speed internet, and constant pressures to look and be a certain way, it seems like we are always trying to accomplish 100 things at once.
Check out Matthew 11:2, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
When the world says ‘Stay busy, do more’, God says the opposite… He says: slow down, rest, stop striving. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take some of that! So much time is wasted by our desire to never stop and rest. Time to reflect, to listen, or simply BE with God and others is overthrown with time spent on long to-do lists and unnecessary business.
The rest God gives is like a drink of water to the heart and soul.
Go against social norms
God never intended for us to live a life apart from Him, meaning that He never intended that we become swallowed up by stress, business and the pressures of expectations. It is only through a life-style of relationship building with Jesus that we find real rest. When we push the pause button on the craziness of life, slow down and know God are we then filled with restoration and peace. Rest isn’t popular. Rest doesn’t get you more likes on Instagram or gain you more followers on twitter.
…fall into the restful, peaceful, life-giving arms of our Savior.
Following Christ often means that we do things different than the world, that we go against the social norms. While others are busy keeping up with the expectation the world sets, we fall into the restful, peaceful, life-giving arms of our Savior.
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