It's Time to Rest!

Maybe you have a pair of well-worn work boots yourself that look something like my ones below.

I've had these boots for quite a few years now and they have served me really well. In fact, I would have kept wearing them until I realised that I had dug that many holes in the garden, that the sole had been completely cut through and every time I pushed down with my foot to dig a hole, I was actually pushing down directly onto the sole of my foot... no wonder I was getting a really sore foot every time I did any serious digging at home!

My well-worn boots have had plenty of heavy tools and liquids dropped on them. They have been whipper snipped on numerous occasions. They have walked plenty of kilometres under the weight of heavy loads. They bear numerous scars: visual reminders of the countless tasks that they have helped me fulfil in renovating our home and developing our garden.

It is fair to say that they are now tired and ready to be rested... for good.

I'm sure most of us can personally relate to a pair of well-worn work boots. Like a pair of well-worn work boots, we get beaten up in life. We get weighed down and burdened from the responsibilities we carry. We get hurt and wounded by others. We get tarnished and scarred by the issues that we face and work through as we live in this broken world.

Fortunately, unlike well-worn work boots, we can find sustenance and receive healing from the hurts we experience in life, as we live from a place of rest in Jesus.

In Matthew 11:28-30 (ESV), Jesus said this:

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Life is hard. Life can throw us some really significant challenges. But life was never meant to be lived alone... life was always meant to be lived from a place of rest in Jesus. From a place of being yoked to Jesus. Here is where we will find rest for our souls.

This year, why not renew your commitment to live life from a place of rest in Jesus? If you do this, you will find that not only will you be better able to deal with and endure the trials that come in life, but you will actually be able to rejoice and praise God in the midst of them! Experience and enjoy rest for your soul in Jesus this year *|FNAME|*!


Ps Joel Hawting

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