Main Truth: “Come to me all who are weary and heavy burdened. I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
Is it just me or does it seem like there’s rarely enough time in one day to get all the things done that need to get done? I’m really busy, but at the end of the day, I can’t tell you what I actually accomplished. Do you ever have days like that? Days where your “to-do” list seems to grow at a pace you can’t keep up with? Days where the demands and pressures of that day or week scream, “do it better, faster, be smarter. Days where you feel the pressure to keep up or be cut out!” This is no way to live. Just keeping up with the e-mails, phone calls, social media sites, text messages, alerts, and reminders bring on enough stress to cause us to throw our hands up, plop on the couch and call it quits.
1 Peter 5:7 says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you,” but giving them over seems impossible. I’ve got to do it myself. If Peter only knew what it would be like to live in the twenty-first century and give our worries and cares over to God, he may have left that scripture out altogether. It feels reckless and irresponsible. Is that really true?
I often find myself at that fork in the road: give it over to God or push through. I can white knuckle it like no other. I never give up and I’ve been rewarded for my tenacity. However, the problem with this is, what does it cost me?
More than ever before, we must learn how to surrender. I must step out of the role I was never designed to play. Apparently, I am not the Messiah. You may find this easy to believe and may have even gotten a little chuckle at my declaration, but in all honesty, this is something I have to remind myself of often. When I find that I am overburdened, stressed out, and weary, I know the reason why. The Lord invites us, “Come to me all who are weary and heavy burdened. I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. Will I listen? Do I believe that he will really trade my heaviness for his rest? Many times I just hold on and push through, I do not surrender. I carry my concerns and wear myself out.
I realized I needed a change. I could not keep pushing through day after day, void of energy, low in joy.
At the advice of a dear friend; I downloaded the “One Minute Pause” app to my phone. It’s a simple, easy to use app that brings about a remarkable reward, the Lord’s rest. Twice a day the app prompts you to pause for one minute. This sixty-second investment takes you through the quick process of giving your worries and cares to the Lord, making room for you to then receive His rest. I have been “pausing” for a few weeks now and am noticing the compound effects of this practice. I’m lighter, happier, more patient and more creative. I maintain a steady stream of peace. I have joy! The simple practice of a “One Minute Pause” may not sound all that significant, but it has changed my life for the good!
I encourage you to try it out for yourself and see what it may do to the worries and cares you carry. Whether you use this free app or choose just a minute in silence, my prayer is that you receive His rest and peace and that your days are enjoyed.
We would love to hear what you gain from casting your worries and cares upon the Lord. Let us know!
Post Written by Corry Mendoza
Corry is a professional speaker and executive coach. Her passion is people, inspiring them to grow and thrive, despite limits or losses. She has four children and lives in Roseville, CA. She and her husband Rusty are active members in their faith, family, and community. You can follow Corry at www.choosevolition.com, on Facebook at @VolitionInc and Twitter at @choosevolition.