This Spring, I enjoyed a two-day Ladies Conference.
As a result, there were a lot of things brewing in the depth of my soul.
As I sat there listening to the speaker one evening, I realized how weary I had been. I felt like I’d been tumbling around in someone’s dryer. Flip flop, flip flop over and over again without stopping.
It’s not that life wasn’t good. I am blessed with a great life. It’s just that I’d gotten weary of doing the same thing over and over again.
Some of it was getting over the winter blues. I struggle with those each winter.
Spring had been slow in coming this year. We’d only just had two beautiful days.
I’d also felt like me coming alive had been slow too.
So all the waiting around had been wearying to my soul.
I can’t say that there were a lot of fireworks during this conference. Yes, I was hoping for fireworks, but the truth is fireworks only last for the moment and what we all really need is change that lasts.
Instead, this conference was a constant reminder that life with Christ isn’t easy, yet we must never give up.
Hebrews 12:1- 2(NLT) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
I am a runner and I enjoy it, but I’m not a fast runner. Running is hard work and you can’t do it without preparation. I think it’s the same with life. Life is hard work. I think, sometimes, we think it should be easier. And we often take the easier route, not realizing that the easier route isn’t always the best route.
When my children were younger and always getting into stuff, it was wearying. At times, I just wanted to stay sitting on the couch and put everything up that they could get into. That was definitely easier and at times, I did just that. At the same time, though, I also wanted them to learn how to listen to mama’s voice and obey. That way, when we went places where all the things weren’t put up, we would have a better chance of it going well.
There are times I just want to give up on this Christian life. I get tired of getting up each morning and doing the same old things that I did yesterday. When I feel that way, I recognize that my vision is a little (or a lot) short-sighted.
What is it that we are working towards?
Hopefully, we are working towards eternity and living the best life that God has for us here on earth.
Hopefully, we are growing in our relationship with Daddy God and learning to hear and obey his voice more and more.
Hopefully, we are living to the potential that God has placed on the inside of us.
Don’t forget the goal
Much of the world is currently focused on the importance of making goals and sticking to them. Goals are basically looking at the bigger picture and breaking those steps down so that the goals are attainable.
I think it is the same with our Christian Lives. As followers of Christ, we know that our goal is heaven. Yet, sometimes we allow every distraction to keep us from that goal. We allow worldly influences like social media, tv shows, etc. to keep us from digging deep in the Word of God.
The Word of God says in Matthew 11:28 (NLT) “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
Jesus isn’t looking for perfectionism. He isn’t looking for a rule follower. He is looking for a Christian that will follow him with all their heart.
How about you? Do you ever feel weary?