Work Hard, Rest Hard!


Morning Inspiration! The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and taught. Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. Mark 6:30–31

My years in ministry, as a lay-volunteer & a Pastor, have been an amazing experience that blesses me beyond anything I can explain. Yet I’ve learned the hard way, that burnout & exhaustion are a constant danger. We are much more vulnerable to frustration & spiritual attack when we are overly tired. A heart to serve Jesus, brings ultra-awareness of the overwhelming needs of the many God places in our path! It’s hard to say no to someone who is hurting. My natural desire is to keep going. I always say (only half-joking) “I’ll rest when I’m dead.” This Scripture shows that Jesus knew better! He worked longer & harder than anyone else; but then hid himself away for breaks. Jesus taught His followers to do the same. He once said “The poor will always be with us.” Even when the needs & demands were overwhelming, He modeled the human need for rest & refreshment. Exhaustion can bring on a hardness in our heart, anger & sin. Jesus showed us that once in a while, it’s ok to say “Not right now.” I’m taking a few weeks off, & some of my dear brothers will be writing your Morning Inspirations while I’m relaxing. Praying you will make an effort to get the rest you need soon.

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