Running On Empty Pt 1

Betty, Anneka and I have just wrapped up 4 days of intense hard work.  Annekas dance academy recently put on their year-end event.  Anneka dances in it, I take picture and Betty works backstage.

Thursday dress rehearsal.  Friday dress rehearsal.  Saturday 1st performance, 2nd performance, and Sunday's 3rd performance.  It takes dozens of people to help hundreds of dancers perform for hundreds of parents, family, and friends in each show.  It's hard, intense, and nerve-wracking.

The shows were fantastic.  The dancers were excellent and we feel like a truck ran over us.

Matthew 11:28-30 “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.” Message Paraphrase

There is no doubt that we can be weary in well doing.  (Gal. 6:9)  But what do you do when you're weary of church, prayer, reading the Bible and serving others in Jesus name? 

#1 - Stop.  Let's just use an old adage here.  Stop doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. 

#2 - Rest.  Rest gives you perspective.  It clears the mind and the heart.  "But, Pastor, you don't know how many people are counting on me!  You don't know all the things that I have to do."  Oh, I understand.  I also understand that if you don't stop and get some rest something is going to snap, and these things will be the least of your worries. 

#3 - Admit.  Have a, "come to Jesus" moment with yourself and admit that you cannot keep going this way.  While you may not have an answer on how to fix your problem, you've got to admit you have one first. 

More tomorrow.  You may need to get some rest right now.  

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, I can't keep going like this, I need Your help.  AMEN