By David ReayTuesday 26 Jan 2021LifeWords Devotionals
“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.” (The Message)
We can get tired doing what God calls us to do. Tiredness is usually fixed by some sleep, or a holiday. But we can cross a line between tiredness and fatigue. Fatigue is a deep weariness of body or mind or spirit or a combination of those. It is not readily fixed by sleep or holidays or even a short term reset of priorities. It is not just a matter of doing too much: it can be more like a case of being fed up with life. Nothing seems worth doing. Nothing “tastes”. There is no completion or satisfaction in what we do.
Too often we get fatigued by doing what others demand we do and what our inner self urges us to do so as to make us feel better about ourselves. We are trying to please others who in the end are impossible to please. We are trying to live up to unrealistic expectations of others which we impose on ourselves.
Jesus reminds us that He will not overburden us. If we are overburdened, chances are we are doing the wrong things or doing the right things for the wrong reasons. Church and discipleship and observing spiritual disciplines can be demanding but not burdensome. We can be up and about busy and be tired by the end of the day. And that is normal and even healthy. But carrying the burden of fatigue is not normal or healthy.
Those of us who feel regularly fatigued need to take Jesus’ words seriously. We need to come to him and live freely and lightly.
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