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Terry Storch Dispatch 6.2021
"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me-watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." - Matthew 11:28-30 MSG
Recovery is an interesting word with many meanings and applications. With our health, recovery has a very important place when it comes to our body, soul, and spirit. As we read Jesus' words above in Matthew 11, recovery seems vital and critical to a healthy life. I have made this passage my prayer and meditation each morning this year. When I sit down in my chair, I open my digital journal, read these words from Jesus, and reflect on them throughout the day.
While this passage has been ministering to me daily, in all honesty I am still, after six months, tired and worn out. I am also “burned out on religion” and seeking to learn what Jesus’ unforced rhythms of grace look like. Over the last three years of my life, I’ve been running at full throttle. I’ve even come to realize that for the better part of these years, adrenaline is what has carried me through. When I realized this, I was burdened. And reading what I just wrote intensifies the heaviness I’m feeling.
Yet, as heavy as it is and as frustrated as I get at times, I am full of hope and peace because Jesus has never been closer. I may be tired, worn out, and burned out, but I am passionately committed to following Him no matter how I feel. Even though I feel spiritual, mental, and physical exhaustion, my mind is drenched in the truth of God’s Word. I trust the verses above that tell me that following Him and getting away with Him will lead to recovery in my life. Walking with Jesus and allowing Him to do a work in me will lead to learning the unforced rhythms of grace.
Starting next week, I will be taking some needed time away and will be entering a true sabbatical. I am so thankful for the ministry of Life.Church and the ability to take some extended time off. Until then, I do appreciate your prayers. I also encourage you to find your rest in Christ, to pursue Him, and to learn what life is like with the unforced rhythms of grace. I anticipate that my next dispatch, coming in August, will be full of revelation from God. In fact, I am already looking forward to sharing it with you!
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