Are you weary? Are you discouraged or simply tired?
Have you been facing lots of persecution? Are people taking advantage of your goodness and humility? Have you been faced with lots of unfulfilled expectations? Are you mentally down due to disappointments or delays?
Hear this: Moses and Elijah, two great men, grew weary while doing God’s assignment for their lives (Num. 11:11, 1 Kings 19:9). Yeah, they were right at the center of God’s will, yet they grew exasperated. Moses was tired of leading tough people with a negative attitude. Elijah threw in the towel because he was persecuted and felt lonely. Jesus also got weary at some point and needed some rest (John 4:6-39).
What did those who overcame weariness do?
- Christ still seized opportunities to win souls although weary.
- Moses got assistance from good people that he had on his leadership team (Aaron and Hur). Have reliable people around you whom you can turn to in seasons of weariness and despondence.
- Gideon and his army were weary, but didn’t stop pursuing the enemy until they got the promised victory (Judges 8:4).
- Jesus Christ kept his raison d’être in focus, always using it to explain why he had to continue to seize every new opportunity that yet presented itself within the scope of his purpose. Never forget the why behind the flurry of activities that brings seasonal stress.
- Some other things you could do:
- Just take time to hang out with a friend who understands.
- Remove excess fuel: get rid of certain unnecessary commitments that overburden you.
- Sit before God and just let him know how you feel. Remind him of his word. Read your favorite scriptures again.
In conclusion, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corin. 15:58
Never forget that:
- Your labor in the name of the Lord is not in vain.
- Your lone stand for the truth is not in vain.
- Remaining pure in a defiled and sexualized world is not in vain.
- Your sacrifice of love for others is not in vain.
- Enduring persecution for the name of the Lord is not in vain.
- Standing out for and insisting on what is right is not in vain.
WHEN WEARY, STOPPING IS SIMPLY NOT AN OPTION!
Credit to Pst Joe Summers who taught majority of these tips.
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