Have you ever felt that your responsibilities to others in your life leave you feeling tired? Worn down? Do you work hard to be there for others who depend on you, ensuring no one is ever disappointed, or feeling unloved by you? Is it important that you make sure those who are special to you feel that they are special, treasured, cherished by you, every minute? Me too. Loving people well is hard! And, we’re all human. We aren’t perfect, we make mistakes. All of us. Our earthly relationships, even the best that we have, can leave us feeling hurt, resentful, tense, and completely exhausted.
God recently used a sweet friend to remind me that all of that (see above) is an opportunity to lean into Jesus. That the enemy comes to kill our resolve to love well, steal our joy and energy, and destroy the good relationships in our life — the ones God is working in especially!
This reminder sent me running to Jesus, asking Him the same thing I ask him every time I struggle to work my way out of something hard. He knows me well, and I think he waits for my famous question… “But, how Jesus! This is so hard!” And I was reminded, that though I felt drained, emptied, used, hurt, and tired. He fill us. Focusing on my worries, my hurts, my obsession with over-analyzing hard situations, is really just a focus on myself (can you say, pride?) and even a focus on others, when I should be focusing on God. (Luke 10:38-42)
If you are giving too much of yourself, too much of your time, and too much worry to things or situations that drain you than seep yourself in this scripture this week.
Let him fill you where you are drained, let him strengthen you where you are worn, and let him energize you where you have grown weary.
Romas 8:6-8 | The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. (NIV)
And, it really hit home with me in The Message version — I think you’ll love this:
Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored. | Romans 8:6-8