There are times you feel stuck, overwhelmed, and without a moment to breathe. You wish you could take a vacation, but you just can’t get away. You wish you could stop the madness, but things just keep getting crazy. You wish a hot bath and a good night sleep would make things all better. But, you wake up still feeling stuck and stressed. Here are some thoughts on how you might find some relief at this time in your life.
#1: Rest When You Can.
When life is wide open your pit stops matter more than ever. You can’t stay wide open every minute and expect to feel your best. You’ve got to make yourself get in the bed, take a break, and step away from the madness.
(Luke 5:16)Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
#2: Take One Day At A Time.
If your life is anything like mine, its best you just look at what’s in front of you at the moment. Adding tomorrow’s concerns to today’s will only increase your stress and can keep you from getting anything done. Many times you just have to take one moment and one day at a time.
(Matthew 6:34) Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
#3: Work smarter, not harder.
Sometimes the way we are approaching life just isn’t working out. Adding more to your plate if you’re already exhausted is not the answer. Figuring out a much wiser approach to life in order to reduce the chaos could be a huge step to peace. I’ve always said, “Keep doing what you’ve been doing and you’ll keep getting what you’ve been getting.” Life is not a race, but a marathon. Pace yourself, yet aim for God’s best.
(James 1:5)If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
#4: Put First Things First.
Not everything in your life is urgent. Too often we schedule every minute of our lives and then we wonder why life feels so crazy. Sometimes you have to back up and punt. For example, if your family and your faith development are last on your list then you need to make some serious changes. Don’t allow some hobby, some sport, or even your job to put things that should be first, last on your list.
(Matthew 6:33)Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
#5: Run To Jesus
There are seasons in life that all we can do is hold on to Jesus. Sure, you can seek to drink your blues away and medicate your pain. However, you still have to wake up eventually and face reality. The reality is life is hard, but God is good. We all need to take responsibility for our choices in life and never forget that Jesus is the key to life. Jesus is the only one who can fill your emptiness, heal your broken heart, calm your greatest fears, and give you peace despite your situation.
(Matthew 11:28) “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
My friends, I will be the first to admit that I have to remind myself of these things daily. Life can quickly get out of hand and we can all lose focus of what matters most. I do know this, we are not alone in this battle and there is always hope in Jesus for a brighter tomorrow.