Are You Running on Empty?

Author: Cindy Lee — Host: Natty AndersonPosted on: March 5, 2024

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Are You Running on Empty?

READ: GENESIS 2:1-3; MATTHEW 11:28–12:13; LUKE 5:16

Are you running on empty? Are you overburdened with clubs, hobbies, schoolwork, sports, church activities, part-time jobs, or other commitments? In our fast-paced world, it can be easy to say “yes” to too many things and fill our lives so full, there’s no room left for rest. The following might be signs you need to take a step back and take some time to be refreshed.

Irritability: When we’re overloaded, we often feel tired, frustrated, and impatient. The smallest things become hugely annoying, like an offhanded remark, a person’s mannerisms or quirks, a chatty friend or sibling when you want to concentrate, etc. So, if you find yourself losing your temper over things that normally wouldn’t bother you, this might be an indicator you’re running on empty.

Feeling overwhelmed and exhausted: Are the hobbies, social events, work, and other things you normally enjoy starting to lose their excitement, instead sparking a sense of dread as you wonder how you can possibly manage your time? Do you find your mood changes rapidly and you are more sensitive than usual? Do you need to rely on adrenaline to motivate you? The problem with living this way is, when we do stop and take a break, we find ourselves needing lots of rest because we have burned ourselves out.

Physical aches and pains: When we are swamped with a hectic schedule, it can take a toll on our bodies. Headaches, fatigue, and being more susceptible to colds and other bugs can be indicators that we are rundown.

What can you do? Remember, even Jesus needed time to rest (John 4:6). He preached to crowds and healed countless people, but at times He needed a solitary place to recuperate. God the Son would make time to be alone with His Father. In the same way, we need moments when we can relax and hand over our burdens to Jesus, whether that looks like taking a walk outdoors, sitting quietly and meditating on Scripture, or even just taking some deep breaths.

Remember, you are important to God. When we take time to rest, it can be an opportunity to remember that Jesus has already done the work of saving us, and there’s nothing we need to do to earn His love. • Cindy Lee

• How could you prioritize rest? Is there anything in your schedule that needs to change? Who is a trusted Christian who could help you discern God’s guidance in how to use your time wisely?

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NLT)