Work It!
Tuesday, April  4, 2000

   Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
    -- Matthew 11:28-30, New International Version

       Tired is.  Our bodies, they become tired after use and misuse.  Our spirit, it can be beat up and used only so much too.  After a long day of work and thinking, our thinking begins to suffer so much that we can make horrific mistakes.  Tired is.  For the longest time, I could not get up in the morning.  After lunch, I would be exhausted.  After dinner I would be lethargic.  But then I tried something I had forgotten about.  Regularly, for some 3 years now, I have been getting up and going to the gym.  I make myself tired.  But a neat result has happened, I do more and am less tired.  During some of my driest spiritual journeys, I just could not find the time for Biblical reflection and prayer.  After renewing a commitment to prayer and study, those droughts became short and if they did persist, I had an unknown strength and sense of "its going to be okay."  My mind, well two out of three aren't bad.  Actually, kidding aside, the more information I offer myself, the sharper I feel.
    Hear the Good News, Christ offers to us balance.  The more we work, the stronger we get.  The more we are able to do the more driven we tend to become.  But Christ, our Jesus offers us contentment and satisfaction in who we are and what we are about.  Jesus gives, teaches us what life is about.  We are taught and experience what God has in store for us.  As Christ as your personal trainer, the one who calls us to live a life of balance, we can truly see and experience that the yoke Christ offers to us is one of peace and refreshment.
    Take up His yoke and let Him lead you to true life.

   Gracious Father, thank You for putting Christ in my life.  Help me to accept His presence.  Allow me to grow and find the balance I need for my life.  In Jesus' name I pray.  Amen.