I’m 62 years young. Like most, I have a busy life. The truth is, it’s “out of bounds” most of the time. I feel that I am always chasing stuff. Time, people, validation, income, success…and occasionally Christ! And I’m tired all of the time!
Not long ago, I had a critical conversation with myself about the race that I run. I had every right answer that one might need to justify the countless hours of stress and worry that seemed to efficiently fill each day, easily crowding out the peace and rest that my body and soul needed for long term health. My friend, Brenda Jank, founder of Run Hard, Rest Well invited me to come and experience a program called “Rest Redefined” where she helps men and women of faith find a balance in their lives through rediscovering The Sabbath. It was invigorating!
But old habits are hard to break and Satan enjoys adding fuel to the fire. Brenda teaches that if Satan can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy! And he’ll keep you that way as long as you feel that you are accomplishing good things. And just like always, I go back to being overworked and under rested and more exhausted than I was before.
So what have I been chasing and why?
I know that I have to answer this question in order to be truly free from the continuing treadmill that will lead me to health problems or perhaps, God forbid, an early death. I have an important ministry to men through Man in the Mirror. Gotta chase that, right? I’ve been part of a movement called Fortify and it has tremendous Kingdom potential. Surely this one is a priority. And my church needs me to help lead them into the next phase. Oh…and my wife has a fantastic ministry that is growing so fast that she is struggling to keep up. Guess who picks up the slack? All important, right?
Jesus gave us the answer and it is recorded in Matthew 11: 28-30.
He says “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.”
Jesus is the solution! And we don’t have to chase after him. He is always available. He says “Come to me… and I will give you rest.” And I believe by doing that he allows us to let him carry all of the other things that we are chasing after. Ministries work best if they are yoked with Jesus. Families thrive when Jesus is at the center. And churches reach the lost when Jesus is allowed to lead the charge. He actually does the “chasing” for us.
How about you? Won’t you join me in letting Jesus do the chasing?
See you at the Cross.