Have you ever come to a point in your life where you admitted to yourself that you are simply tired of keeping your chin up? I grew up going to church and, short of a few years in my late teens and early twenties, I have always associated my life with the things of God. When I was 16, I made for certain that I was a child of God by accepting His grace by His blood on the cross. Since that time, life has been full of some incredible joys and some of the lowest lows. In the midst of my expereinces as a pastor in the corporate church world, there have been days, weeks, and even seasons of my life where I was just tired of trying to hold my head high in the midst of adversity. (Yes, pastors go through this just like everyone else.) I’m certain that all of us can relate to this exhaustion on some level. But what do you do when you are just plain tired? What do you do when you feel like throwing in the towel and having a pity party for yourself because you have certainly at least earned the right to do so? Well…I’m glad you asked.
Step One: Call your closest friend and bleed on them a bit. We are called to rejoice with those who rejoice, and mourn with this who mourn (just remember to return the favor).
Step Two: Instead of abandoning the guide to life…open it and start digging. Sometimes our tendencies are to turn our backs on the mainstays of our lives when we are experiencing heartaches. The Word of God is rich with promises and truths, laments and praises that we can certainly make our own as we traverse the path of dissapointment. Dig deep…and He will speak to You.
“Your words have been hard against me, says the Lord. But you say, ‘How have we spoken against you?’ You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God. What is the profit of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the Lord of hosts? And now we call the arrogant blessed. Evildoers not only prosper but they put God to the test and they escape.’” Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the Lord and esteemed his name. “They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.” Malachi 3:13-18 ESV
Step Three: Tell someone else about the blessings that God has freely given to you.
Step Four: Pick your chin back up and serve God…YOU are His treasured possession.