Today’s devotion talked about resting and refueling. So often we take to physical fixes: coffee, a vacation, a workout — and those are the “positive” outlets.
I look at my sources of recharge: working out is one of them. Attending my kids games and practices is another — especially when I get to join them. I enjoy my coffee, my manicures, my craft time, books. But am I truly recharging or just escaping. Often, I think it’s the latter.
For me, I think I need to reset, resolve to make changes that prohibit some of the stress from creeping up in the first place.
My reset needs to start by plugging into the true source: Jesus Christ. If I don’t start there, all my efforts are futile.
This wasn’t the verse associated with the devotion today, and normally I don’t care for the Message translation. However, Matthew 11:28-30 as written in the Message, I find to be one of the most beautiful and comforting pieces of literature and poetry – full of God’s promises. How I long to be caught up in His beautiful unforced rhythms of grace.
“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.”