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Learn to Rest, Not to Quit

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

Have you ever thought of giving up on something in your life?

Maybe it was spiritually, a project at school, or a relationship that you cherish because you were exhausted? I know I have. Many times I found myself wondering how long this period in my life was going to last? Am I going to be in this situation for long? Why isn’t anything moving at all? I find myself not being able to get up and try something new, to do something I have never done before. I can’t find the inner and spiritual power to do that. 

Some time ago, my father sent me a quote, nothing spiritual or bible related, but a phrase that made me turn my life around. Have you ever thought how a phrase your Dad found on “Facebook” could be life-changing? I mean, social media, in my perspective, is a system of “liking” or “commenting” on posts of the friends you skip meeting with and find millions of excuses not to engage with.

This phrase was, “If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit…” Did these words just blow your mind? They certainly did for me.

No matter how many times I read this phrase, it never loses its meaning. It goes all the way through my spine to the top of my head. God teaches us from the very beginning of creation to rest. The Lord rested on the seventh day. Can you imagine it for a moment? God Almighty, the one who never sleeps, rested.

So why are we skipping that part? Why are we chasing success that eventually brings us to a breaking point? One of the things I have learned after living in Israel for over 20 years is that we don’t know how to stop. Everyone at work or school is always so stressed. We are running after a fake clock that dictates our lives. In all this craziness, I find myself losing precious time. 

I want God to dictate my time, a time I rather spend chasing His will and hearing His voice.  Why are we not so quick in quitting on our jobs, but super quick to quit on God? Sometimes all it takes is to rest. Rest on God’s word, rest in His spirit and promises.  

Don’t quit on the Lord, He knows the plans that He has for you. Didn’t we all have that scripture prayed over our lives at least once? I know I want to rest and not quit in my walk with Jesus. 

Learn to rest my brothers and sisters, in peace, love, tenderness, and sweetness of our Father. For me, quitting isn’t an option anymore.    

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