Today's episode is all about how busyness in our world should look when we lead a Christ-centered life. Using Matthew 11:28-30 as our guide, we talk about how we need to set aside our desire to be superwoman, our desire to have it all, do it all, and be it all, so that we can find true rest for our souls.
"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 our souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." || Matthew 11:28-30
Jesus never says that we will have a slow, easy life. In fact, he says just the opposite in John 16:33. But in the midst of our exhaustion, whether physical, mental, or emotional, it IS possible to find rest for our souls.
Finding the balance between the busyness that is a necessity (like changing dirty diapers and doing the dishes) and the busyness that we intentionally put on ourselves (extracurricular activities) can seem daunting and exhausting. Let's face it, life is always changing. One day we think we've got things under control, and the next we seriously question our sanity.
So how do we find a balance when things are ever changing?
Lisa answers this question perfectly by talking about how when we get to the point of frustration with our busyness, we need to sit down and evaluate if what we're doing is really glorifying God, or if we're simply (or not so simply) trying to be superwoman to gain the world's approval.
How do we set aside superwoman and find rest for our souls?
It starts with looking at Jesus' example of being 'gentle and lowly in heart'. To Danielle, this means exercising self-control and letting go of both our desire to be superwoman and our unmet expectations.
Some practical tips:
- Learn ways that help you to best deal with stress.
- Spend time with the Lord, whether that be an hour long chunk of time once a week or 5 minutes each morning.
- Connect and redirect. Connect with God, and redirect our hearts according to His Truth.
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