Have your ever felt like you were swimming against the current in life and you weren’t going anywhere, but just getting tired? You wonder if you’re making progress at all and if all your good efforts are producing any results. It becomes especially hard when the things we do are for God, our families, and those closest to us. Sometimes you may want to quit. Even though you are still physically invested in something, you may have checked out mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. You know you’ve checked out if your motivation has begun to dwindle, you don’t try as hard as you used to, you’re more pessimistic than optimistic, and you spend more time wishing the day were over, rather than enjoying what you’re doing. There are times when it’s just harder to keep going than when you first started.
Paul knew as much as anyone what it meant to get tired, especially in living for the kingdom. This is why he wrote to the Galatians in Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” He knew that the feeling of being overwhelmed and tired was a huge possibility. So how do you begin to out of those feelings?
- Refresh. Make sure you are getting enough rest. Take some time each day and empty yourself of all the pressures and struggles you endured that day. You don’t want to go to sleep with a heavy heart and spirit. It will just add on to the days ahead.
- Refill. In non-Christian forms of meditation, the focus is on completely emptying yourself out to achieve peace. When you meditate on God, you are emptying yourself to fill yourself back up with Him. God is your strength. He will fill you with more of Him to strengthen you for His causes.
- Reflect. If you truly spend the time in intentional meditation with God, He will reveal some things to you about yourself and your life. What is He saying? What did He say before? Why do you believe you’re feeling this way? Is it time to change directions or are you right on the cusp of a change and you need to stick it through? Think about it, pray about it, and meditate on it. This is how you gain clarity.
- Repent. This is a dirty word to some people, because it has taken on such a negative connotation, but to repent means to change your thinking. Acts 3:19 says, “ Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,” If there are any actions or thoughts He has brought to your attention, repent of them and start fresh today.
- Remember. Remember the why behind the what. Why do you do what you do? You read last week that the greatest contribution you can make is in other people. You do great by reproducing yourself. Who are you here for? What person or people are you here to help develop and cultivate? If you remember the root of what you do, it will give you that extra push to keep going.
Jeremiah 31:25, “I will refresh the weary, and satisfy the faint.”