From Surviving to Thriving

19 Nov

I’m reading an absorbing book that I found in a used bookstore:  Out of Control-Finding Peace for the Physically Exhausted and Spiritually Strung Out by Ben Young & Dr. Samuel Adams.  Can you identify?  I can.  The thesis of the book is that we’re called to ”  live freely and lightly.”

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”  Matthew 11:28-30

We live in a world where we are continually busy and often stressed out by our multi-tasking, our overflowing schedules, and our continual electronic connectedness.  Even our vacations can be activity intense! When we overdo it without spiritual rest and refreshment, the predictable result is worry and anxiety.  To ” live freely and lightly,” we need to cut out some of the negative, anxiety-inducing stresses in our lives, and also deliberately develop positives–like handing over the reins to Jesus (and stop trying to be in control all the time) and also focus on intimate time with Him.

One Response to “From Surviving to Thriving”

  1. 365daysofpeace November 19, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    I love your blog so much. Thank you for sharing the things you’re learning. I hope you have a lovely, restful weekend!

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