Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all you 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 your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Rest. That is an interesting concept in our world today. In fact, I would say for many it is a foreign concept. Between carpools, 9-5, homework, friends and family, church functions and the 101 additional obligations during the week, when do we find time to rest?
When we finally do stop around 8 or 9 at night, we never really shut down. After the gym or Bible study, my evenings usually consist of making dinner, cleaning up dinner, packing lunches and finishing laundry. All this while trying to grab a few hours to catch up with my husband after his long day. It would seem this cycle will never end!
Truth is, it won’t unless I make the change. About a month ago, I found myself over-committed to the point of exhaustion. Don’t get me wrong, I love my commitments, but it is just too much. One of my favorite authors, Lysa TerKuerst recently released a book titled “The Best Yes.” The book explains how every commitment we make and every slot filled on our calendar takes away from something else in our lives. Whether it is family time, personal time or more importantly God time, we are not giving those areas 100%. We can’t. Our innate desire to please people (or ourselves) entraps us in this web of excessive commitment.
What if we closely examined every area of our lives? Is every event on our calendar necessary? Do our kids have to play every sport every season? Do they have to go to every party to which they are invited? What about us? Do we have to volunteer at every church event? Is it really necessary to say YES to every invitation to dinner or a party? What would happen if we said NO?
I have been examining my schedule over the last month and decided that beginning in December and into 2015 I am done. I want to be able to say yes to dinner without having to look at my calendar. I want to have a weekend where there are no commitments and I can decide what I want to do on Saturday morning. I am going to learn to say NO.
How over-scheduled are you? Do you want to choose the BEST yes?
This tool will help you assess how many hours you have booked each week!
Let’s take some time to rest!