by Emily Becker, CDH9 Participant
It is only a few weeks into January, which means many of us are still on top of our game with our New Year’s Resolutions. This is the year. We will become healthier, save money, and be more intentional with the relationships in our lives. We have already hit up the gym more times than last month, we skipped dessert every single night (okay, maybe just one bite), and we’ve spent more time in the Word.
But if you’re anything like me, once February rolls around, it will become very difficult to maintain all of these goals. We will become too busy and start to slip up. We’ll think, “I’m too tired to go to the gym this morning,” because if we’re honest, we were up too late binge watching Friday Night Lights.
And then just like that, the typical hustle and bustle of life will pick back up right where we left it in 2015.
And that is just it. We have become so accustomed to being busy. We feel that if we aren’t doing something, we are doing it wrong. Most of the time, our “busy” is just an illusion. Goals are important, and motivation is vital, but the Lord has not created us to be busy creatures.
My favorite passage of Scripture is Psalm 23. “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.” The Lord has created us to rest in Him; He is our comfort. He is our provider and gives us what we need.
So what we need is not to get caught up in being constantly occupied. There needs to be space in our lives to allow the Lord to speak to us and give us rest. Allow Him to restore your soul.
Does this mean we should quit the gym altogether? Or should we cut Netflix out of our lives? Maybe it’s Facebook and Instagram that should go, since scrolling suddenly turns from five minutes into an hour. No, unless you feel convicted. The point is we need balance. I am the worst at moderation, but it’s something that needs to happen to make room for us to grow.
While it is necessary to evaluate our lives and make positive changes, let us remember to rely on God’s strength to get us through, to rest in Him and not get caught up in the busyness of life and resolutions.
Maybe our resolution for this year should be to rest. To rest in the knowledge that the Lord is our Savior and has prepared for us a place with Him. To rest in the comfort that He has provided for us, and will continue to do so in 2016.
About the Author: Emily is a recent graduate of Liberty University with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations. She was a Crossroads Discipleship Home participant and served on Crossroads Summer Camp staff for three years. You can follow her on Twitter at @embeckador to catch up on the latest news about coffee, cats and quotes from Bob Goff, or read more than 140 characters at catchthedreamblog.wordpress.com.