Rest for the Weary

The year is drawing to an end. 2017 is racing headlong into the New Year with an unrelenting thirst for speed. Or, so it seems. Just yesterday was Thanksgiving, but tomorrow is Christmas. Last week we sent the kids back to school! I have no idea where the year has gone, but gone it has. And you know what? I need a break from this crazy year.

I'm tired. I need, to put it in a Christmassy context, a "long winter's nap." I was speaking with a gentleman earlier today that wanted to know something that would help him get over this hump he was struggling with, but the best advice I had to give him was to press on. "Don't give up," I said. "Don't quit doing the right thing just because something easier comes along." And for those of us that are tired here at the end of the year, I still say, don't give up. The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Thessalonians 3:13, "As for you brothers, do not grow weary in doing good."

So, for those of you who are tired of the way this year has gone, don't give up. For someone who has been working on developing their good habits, working on living life with a kingdom mindset, don't give up. Do not grow weary in the things of the Lord. Whatever frustration you may be having with your situation, whatever work has done, or life has thrown at you, continue to follow after our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus is so good to us, faithful to forgive us when we falter. He has told us to give Him our burdens. "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)

There is rest for the weary, in Jesus Christ. Don't give up, and don't despair. Place your burdens on Jesus, and continue to walk the walk.

Blessings to you, and Merry Christmas.

Pastor Josh