I’m Not Gonna Lie

Maybe someone reading this needs to know you’re not the only one. The only one who feels like your life is upside down. The only one that feels emotionally, physically and mentally drained. The only one that is one step away from a total meltdown. You’re not the only one because I’m right there with you.

Now, I do want to say that I’m not fixing to jump off a cliff. No, my wife is not about to leave me and I’m not close to quitting ministry. I have cried several times today alone. Tears due to my physical exhaustion. Grief over my continuing health issues. Fatigue related to a nonstop house renovation, ongoing ministry demands, and a family that needs a healthy man.

I’m just not someone good at pretending. I never want to just survive, but I believe God wants us all to thrive. However, sometimes God gives us many warning signs that things need to change. That we can’t keep doing what we’ve been doing expecting different results. That things must change for either a season or a reason. Most of all Jesus calls us to run to him for true rest. We may need a good nights sleep, but we definitely need soul rest only he can provide. I’m going to bed early and planning to wake with a new approach tomorrow. Maybe you need to run into his arms as well and let him teach you how to thrive again.

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

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