Today’s Truth

Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, 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 (Matthew 11:28–30 NIV).

 

Friend to Friend

Today I pressured a friend to quit.

My friend Lori has had some big, wonderful things happen in her life, including a wedding to the man of her dreams, and it was time to “get back to work.” She had an event planned, is a super hard worker, and was doing everything to pull it off.

She was exhausted. She was worn out from all the good stuff in her life.

But she was going to keep going, because that is the kind of person she is. She has a high sense of responsibility.

I could see in her eyes that, more than she needed to keep her commitment, she needed a nap. And I recognized that look, because at one time I saw it in the mirror.

About a month after my dad died, it was time for me to get back to speaking on the road. I was going ahead with plans and making travel arrangements.

As I was talking to one of my event planners, she said, “Kathi, you seem tired. Can we just postpone this for three months?” And I told her no, I was fine, and let’s just go ahead. When she pressed me one more time, I broke down in tears.

More than keeping my commitment, I needed a nap.

That almost stranger gave me a gift. The gift of “breaking a promise” and permission to just rest.

Friend, we can’t always predict what is going to take it out of us. Some things our bodies recover from quickly. Other things? They surprise us with the emotional, spiritual, and physical toll.

It’s okay to say, “I need to postpone. I need a pass. I need to not do this right now.” Besides the three closest people in your life, most times, no one else is going to give you permission, much less pressure you into taking care of yourself.

Often, we’re trained to suck it up so that we don’t inconvenience others. We tell ourselves, “Just push through—you can rest when you’re dead.” But that is no way to live as a child of God.

God designed us, day to day, to live a life that is not only pleasing to Him, but one that honors the needs we are designed with—the need to love and be loved, the need to care for others and be cared for, the need to worship and experience peace and joy, the need to work and eat. And yes, the need to rest.

Jesus models what rest should look like. We can learn from Him because His desire is for us to never be weary or burdened, which is exactly what a lack of rest looks and feels like.

In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus said, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, 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.”

Rest is as holy as work, love, and worship.

Rest is deep spiritual work. And you, my friend? Are worthy of the deep, spiritual, countercultural work of rest.

So if there is no one close by right now to look into your eyes and say, “What is your plan for rest?” or “Cancel that appointment. You need a day without appointments,” or “How about you go take a nap,” I ask you now: What is your plan for rest? Because it does need a plan.

Please give yourself permission and a plan for rest.

 

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, Thank You for the gift of rest. Please help me exchange this heavy burden for the light and easy one You have for me. Teach me from Your example.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Now It’s Your Turn

Is there something in your life that you need to quit? Maybe it’s a volunteer role you’ve never felt quite right in and it just drains you, or maybe it’s a favor that has turned into a joyless obligation. What is your “exit plan” for removing that from your “have to” list?

Where can you add in some time for deep, holy rest?

 

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7 Responses to “Please Quit”

  1. Avatar photo Bernadette says:

    In addition to rest, I need to eat properly. Most days I eat one meal a day.
    I will make an effort to rest and also to eat.

  2. Avatar photo Sheila says:

    As I sat here reading GIG I had just ask God for the strength that I need for this day. I am praying that God will give me the knowledge to turn some things around. I’m just about at my ropes end. I’m praying for that plan and also the courage and wisdom to follow to follow through with it.
    Blessings to all

  3. Avatar photo Carol says:

    Kathi, Thank you, great msg. this am, and for sharing your heart.
    God, showed me this week, I needed to slow down; with a simple upset stomach.
    I was just pushing myself too much; all I did yesterday was nap, in between family responsibilities.
    God knows me well enough, that I need a sign of some kind, to ease me to a stopping point of total rest. I need to take note of the season; it’s really all about Jesus.
    Bless you and your family this Holiday season.

  4. Avatar photo Cindy says:

    This Christmas I’ve decided to take a step back and not get all up in my head and stressed out in anticipation of Christmas Day. Christmas falls on The Lord’s day this year and that won’t happen again til 2033. My parents are in glory now and my son has to work
    So God is speaking to my spirit suggesting I attend worship in the morning then in the afternoon go to visit my 93 year old home bound adopted dad who is unsaved. My heart has been burdened for his soul for years. And I pray that he receive the BEST Christmas gift ever. In making a decision for The Christ child this year. He may not be here this time next year. Please ladies pray for the soul of this fine gentleman. His name is Don
    Merry Christmas to you all Cindy

  5. Avatar photo Kyra says:

    My pastor recently preached a sermon on getting rest, the importance of rest and showing us how Jesus’ took time to rest. My pastor then went on a 2 month sabbatical. 😊
    We must take care of ourselves and learn to step back and rest.

  6. Avatar photo Angie says:

    I’m new here. I cannot begin to describe this year. Some highlights, my husband lost his 16 year career, I’m disabled, and trying to care for my elderly parents.Today alone,just trying to get an address to mail documents to cash out our pension, nearly impossible. BUT GOD!!!!🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 I saw this scripture twice today, Thank you!! Merry Christmas and God bless you all!!🩷🎄🩷

  7. Avatar photo Jill says:

    This is so powerful Kathi, thank you so much for sharing it.

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