Do Good to YOU!

To say my hands are full is an understatement. Sometimes I think I am crazy when I decide to take on one more project or commit to one more thing. A month ago, I decided it was time to start studying again. So, I headed back to the classroom to pursue my certification in Project Management and to be honest, the first day in class, the thought crossed my mind, “What are you doing here?” It is the first time that I am a student and working and raising kids. Waking up at 4:30 a.m. has become the new norm and to be honest, I have begun to feel burnt out. I know I am not alone.

I was in a recent conversation with two female friends who began to open up about their personal challenges. As I listened, it hit me that often times, we see people and have no idea what they are going through. We have no clue how close to the edge someone is because of exhaustion, depression, frustration and the list can go on. Women (and some men), we are very guilty of caring for everyone else except ourselves. Doing good should not always be targeted to an individual or a group. Add yourself to the list!

I remember one Sunday I was telling an older lady at church how tired I was. She replied with a question; “When is de las’ time you sit down and drink a malt?” I ain had a clue how to answer her!

I think life has a way of telling you when you need to just stop. One way, I know I’ve reached my limit is when my patience levels reach my ankles and everyone and everything is getting under my skin. What about you?

Every now and then I try my best to carve out ‘me time.’ Sometimes it is just one hour while hubby takes the boys for a drive. Given my life realities ‘me time’ doesn’t always work out.

One of the verses in the bible that speaks to me when I am tired is Matthew 11:29 which goes like this: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart and you shall find rest unto your souls.” Animals are often yoked together for work purposes. A good yoke or harnessing system minimizes the breakdown of both animals and maximizes their effectiveness. As a person who has a lot on their plate, how can you find rest with a scripture like this? How can we find rest by being under a yoke – an instrument made for work? It almost sounds like an oxymoron.

Christ calls all who are weary and heavy burdened to be yoked to him in order to find rest. I believe he wants it this way because he wants to share the load. He doesn’t always take away the load but with his strength he helps us to carry it. While he is helping us to carry ‘life’ his gentle and meek spirit provides the nourishment for our weary minds and souls to ‘keep on keeping on’ as the old folk would say.

Many of us are yoked and we don’t even know it. Yoked to perfection, yoked to unhealthy relationships, yoked to money, just to name a few. What Christ is offering us is an exchange; for us to take off these heavy yokes and put on his. When we do so, we will find that his yoke is in fact easy and his burden is light.

We will find that most of the things that worry us, he already has the solutions to. We will come to understand that his way, which may in fact feel like the harder way is the best way for us. He has already gone ahead and cut through the impassable roads and been through the parched desert places. He already knows the ways we are about to take and is aware of every bend and curve in the road. Because of this, we can find rest; rest in his knowledge, rest in his strength and rest in his character. You and I can find peace knowing that we don’t always have to have our act together. We have someone greater who is asking us to let him lead the way. So today, whatever situation you find yourself in and especially if you are in a place of fatigue or weariness, let me encourage you to do good to you! Carve time out to relax and nurture you – mind, body and soul but more importantly make time to connect with the one who wants to be yoked to you.

 

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