Do you ever fell like you have to do it all? I carry that burden more than I would like. You know what? I put that burden onto myself. Sure, my kids, husband, and family need me, but that adds up to less than what I put onto myself.
I am a list maker. I feel better when I organize my thoughts into a list so that I can know exactly what I need to do. The problem with that is that my list is never ending! I just keep adding things to my list expecting to do them. Then, when I don’t complete everything the way that I want, Kablooey! Hello disappointment and resentment.
I’m disappointed with my “performance” and resentful that I just couldn’t do better than I did. When disappointment and resentment settle in, I become someone I don’t like. Do you ever do that? Why do we do that to ourselves? The pressures of life are enough, why do we think that we can do it all?
We can’t do it all and you know what? We don’t have to.
Jesus said these words in Matthew 11:28-30:
"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, 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 never said that we have to do it all. In fact, He says that we shouldn’t. We need to come to Him and lay our burdens at His feet, and He will give us rest.
Does rest sound good to you? Do you ever feel guilty for resting? I’m guilty for feeling guilty! I know I need to rest and that I can’t do it all, but there is this inner drive to keep going. I feel if I don’t keep going, someone will be disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, perseverance is a wonderful character quality that needs to be encouraged, but that doesn’t mean that you keep going like the Energizer bunny (that keeps going and going and going…).
Remember the creation - you know - of the entire universe? God, the infinite, all-knowing, all powerful God who created the universe with just His words? He took the 7th day and rested. For heavens sake, if God took a rest, we can too.