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Anyone out there feeling tired or stressed? (I know I am.) School and work are in full swing now, and the stress to meet deadlines and perform well is really beginning to set in. This combined with our normal day-to-day responsibilities can leave us wishing that life had a pause button. Wouldn't that be great? Unfortunately, sometimes responsibilities are inevitable, and we can't take the time away that we wish we could to rest. So, what are we to do?
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
This scripture is so comforting. Jesus promises us rest for our souls. This is a rest so much deeper than any earthly pleasure could give us. He tells us to take his yoke and burden upon ourselves, and to learn from Him. It is interesting, because Jesus does say He carries a burden. But, what is that burden composed of?
Jesus had so many different forces tugging on Him during his time on Earth. Some hoped he would be the ruler who would redeem Israel. Many pharisees criticized Him for not living by the laws of their ancestors. And, others only wanted Him to heal their sick with no regards as to following Him. Not to mention, Jesus was carrying the salvation of the world on his shoulders. So, what did He do? How in the world was He able to only carry a light burden?
First, He knew who He was trying to please (His father), and second, He knew the fleeting value of human judgements. I also think he had to have laughed a lot.
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters."
Jesus knew He was not on Earth to please people. In fact, part of John 2 talks about how Jesus did not entrust Himself to men, because He knew the nature of man. When we realize how little the opinions of other people matter, the stress we feel begins to melt away. We can see what really matters, and we can start to take strength in the rest God has always intended for us to have. This is not to say that we should shrug off our responsibilities, or that everything will go easy for us. But, the freedom that comes from placing our value in God's love and affirmation for us is unparalleled.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
It can be very difficult to place our worth and security in God, especially when it seems like there are so many expectations to meet. The good news is that we don't need to know how to trust God 100% all of the time or how to take on the yoke and burden of Jesus instantly. When we come to Jesus, He promises to teach us those things! All Jesus asks of us is that we come to Him, and lay everything before Him. So, this week, I pray that even if you can't seem to find rest from life, that you can find rest in Jesus.
Swamp's 25th Anniversary Celebration
If you haven't heard the news, camp is hosting a giant 25th birthday party in honor of 25 years of camp! The celebration will be at the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta on October 29th. Attendees include international camp directors, alumni of all ages, and we hope, you! It's going to be a great time. Not to mention, we will be having a camp-style singing devotional and barbecue for lunch! Click the link below to learn more and purchase tickets.
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Dec. 29-Jan. 1
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