Are you weary, are you heavy-hearted?

IMG_3462It is called depression, sometimes, but I call it just plain being weary. The definition for “weary” is physically or mentally exhausted by hard work, exertion, strain, etc.; fatigued; tired: weary eyes; a weary brain. I think “a weary brain” describes us best and it is something we do to ourselves! We think we are super heroes and that no one, I mean NO one can do the job we do, better than us! We take on things God never assigned to us, and then complain because we have been over extended. It happens, a lot of times, with new Christians. They give their heart to God, and then jump into the work of the church, with both feet. I say it that way because the work of the church and work for God are two completely different matters! Jesus said Matthew 11:28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Jesus never commanded you to be a greeter and an usher, then join two committees at one time, join the prayer group, go to every meeting that is called for everything you do, meanwhile leaving your family unattended, your spouse a little angry because you are always absent, so, using the church as an excuse you realize you are doing too much! Instead of cutting down on some of your activities, you just quit church! I have seen it many times through all the years of being raised in, and working in church. When you hear of divorce and affairs among pastors, youth leaders, music directors, it is because they have spent so much time away from their own spouse they form relationships with people that become inappropriate and end with tragedy. Did God ask them to do that? No, He only wants us to worship Him, and show others the way to salvation. He never asked for mammoth building programs, or all the other programs we lay on ourselves. Charity is handing that woman, standing outside the grocery store asking for money, the gift card you have been saving to use for something special, or donating canned goods to your local church or food pantry. 1Timothy 5:8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. If you are overcome by weariness of the work without the uplifting of Worship, you will fold; the devil has then done his job! 1Peter5: 7 “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you!”  Is there trouble among the church members? It started long ago, the Apostle wrote a letter to the Philippians (4) I urge Euodia and Syntyche to iron out their differences and make up. God doesn’t want his children holding grudges. And, oh, yes, Syzygus, since you’re right there to help them work things out, do your best with them. These women worked for the Message hand in hand with Clement and me, and with the other veterans—worked as hard as any of us. Remember, their names are also in the Book of Life. Change the names to more modern ones, and you have the present times! V6 he said, “Don’t fret or worry, instead of worrying, pray!” Psalm 23 says, the Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want, He lets me rest in green pastures, He leads me beside the still waters, He RESTORES my soul, He leads me in paths of righteousness, for His names sake. Even if I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will not fear evil for He is WITH ME! Let Him restore your weary soul, Peace!

4 Replies to “Are you weary, are you heavy-hearted?”

  1. Never have I heard a word that is so absolutelyTRUE as your words tonight. We all forget that our first passion should be to worship him and not to be the brightest biggest most of everything and everyone. When we all come into conclusion of what is most important to him – we will be a success in the eyes of The Lord and everything will fall into place.

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  2. I hate church fights, been in to many of them over my life time. It took me a long time to listen to the Lord & walk off when He told me to do it. I never wanted to see the light of the lighthouse be turned off but sometimes there is no choice. I don’t think anything has ever hurt me more or wore me out faster. I finally learned I wasn’t called to be the adhesive to hold it all together. Sometimes you just can’t win. The old saying says: Ï was called to drain the swamp not fight the alligators”. Do my job & the problem is gone. I have been depressed over the loss of good Churches & I have almost turned my back & walked away from the Lord over some of them. But I put my hand & trust in His hand, obey & go forth trusting Him to show me how to win. He always does it. I did something once & when it was over I asked if I had done it right. He say yes but He had not asked me to that as He wanted someone else to do it. I asked for forgiveness & He gave it. I learned a big lesson that time. Now I really try & seek His face before I move on anything. Rather be a little slow & careful than be rash & ahead of myself in His desires. God bless..

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    1. I like that saying! Never heard it but it’s so true. For the first part of my life I was convinced that I was God’s lawyer but found he didn’t need me to defend Him!😄

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