28-30"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." – Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)
This week we’ve been looking at what Jesus has to say to those of us who find ourselves “under pressure”. As we conclude our Spiritual Adventure Plan this week I want to ask you, “What are you going to do about your high pressure life?”
Here’s what I pray you will do: Admit your burdens and weariness. To whom? First to yourself.
Then to God. Then to at least one other significant person in your life (spouse, Christian friend, pastor, “love others” group leader/member) – just make sure it’s someone who cares enough about you to challenge you to move forward.
Let me make sure to say something else too that is so important. It may or may not even be YOUR FAULT that you are in the “high pressure” situation you are in now. That may be VERY TRUE.
But do you know what else is true? You have a CHOICE on what you will do from here. Will you wallow? Blame? Stonewall? Isolate? Continue down a path of weary, burdened destruction or will you choose something else? Remember, if you broke your leg in an accident that someone else caused, that’s not your FAULT, but it is your RESPONSIBILITY to take the initiative to get treatment for that broken leg, get to rehab, do all you can to get mobility and strength back.
The fact is, God won't do the relief work in my life until you confess to Him that you ARE tired and worn out. That you have identified the sources of the issues and have confessed them to Him.To find that “pressure release” we've got to stop making excuses, blaming others, passing the buck, rationalizing.
I find that the people who are the most honest, open and transparent about their weaknesses are also the most PEACEFUL people I know (“peace” being the opposite of “pressure”). They are also the people who are changing the most in life because they've got it out in the open so they can deal with it.
So…what are you going to do?
Close your time in prayer.