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“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
People often say to me “you are so busy.” It breaks my heart as I know what they are really saying is that I don’t have time for them. As much as it hurts, I know it is true. For as long as I can remember, the only pace of life that I have known is frenetic and harried. Often I made resolutions to slow down—but always with the caveat of after “this project is completed” or “that goal is accomplished.” But when I gave myself permission to slow down, I felt restless and eager to jump back into another project. I found myself in a vicious cycle.
My busyness demonstrated how my identity in Christ was based upon what I did, and not on my relationship in Christ Jesus. I often tried to increase the things that I did for Him instead of what I really needed to do: prioritize my time with Jesus. The Bible teaches us that our true identity is found by resting in Christ—not filling our lives with activity.
One of the hardest lessons for me was learning that when I said “yes” to so many things, leaving no margins in my life, in actuality I was saying “no” to Jesus. I wasn’t leaving any room in my life for rest, for my family and friends, and for time with Him. Nor was I leaving room for those daily interruptions that allow me to serve Him exactly when and how He choses. I knew I had to make enormous changes to remove the busyness of my life and to truly rest in Christ.
As summer begins, will you set aside the time to accept His promise and rest in Christ? Will you separate yourself from the habit of busyness and spend time with the Lord? Will you say “no” to some things, so that you can say “yes” to God? The promise of Christ’s easy yoke is available to those who rest in Him.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.” Psalm 23:1-2
The Rev. Toni BrownChief Financial Officer
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