I am convinced that one reason we struggle mentally, emotionally, relationally and spiritually is because we fly through life without taking time to get renewed in the Presence of Jesus. We ignore the need to sit, to rest, and to wait upon Him. As a result, our perception of things around us gets blurred. Doing too much at too fast of a pace has worn us down, causing us to lose focus of seeing things the way they really are. Everything in our lives suffer as a result.
I love how Eugene Peterson paraphrases Matthew 11:28 in the Message Bible.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out? 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.”
Let 2014 be a year of keeping daily company in the presence of Jesus and live freely and lightly.
Blessings in the year to come. Pastor Dan.