Do I at times carry too much emotionally in life, work, home, marriage, or ministry? Absolutely!
There are times when I get so wound up that not only is failure devastating but success isn’t much better because it makes me feel like the bar of excellence just got reset so high that I’ll never be able to hit it again. When I get into that frenzied state of mind and heart, I know I’m carrying too much and I need to “lighten the load”.
Check out this Roden household key Scripture:
Psalm 127:1–2 Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.
When life gets heavy and I’m carrying too much emotionally I need to remember:
1. It is God who builds and God who protects.
The Lord is a builder and a watchman. He’s the best there is! And the things that He builds and watches over are ultimately the only things that really matter in the entire universe. If we are wise, we will learn to discern what and where the Lord is building and guarding; then join Him in those works of grace! What a gift it is to know that if we heard Him right and are joining Him in humility that WE CAN’T FAIL!
2. We still need to wake up, show up, and work up!
It’s so refreshing to know that God cares about His kingdom work far more than we ever could and that He’s got the power to build whatever He wants and to protect it perfectly. At the same time He works with and through human agents! I for one want my life to count for something great. I want to be on the front line of where He is building and guarding. I want to partner with Him and be on His team. That means that I need to become a “laborer!” I’m going to have to wake up each day, hit the ground running, and give my very best.
3. Now take a nap!
Verse 2 says, “It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.”
We need to give what we’ve got and go all out but not to the point of anxiety, idolatry, or stupidity. We were never called to carry the weight of the world. Jesus already did that for us. We are called by God into a perpetual Sabbath rest and to demonstrate this with regular seasons of deep, satisfying, holy rest!
In others words, TAKE A NAP! It’ll do you good and bring God great glory as you trust in His faithfulness for your life.