Would You Rather... • Alpine Chapel

(A) Wake up with a lot of energy for what God has in store for you today, or (B) wake up feeling spiritually fatigued and in need of a break?

(A) Be acutely tuned in to others, or (B) Be indifferent towards others, even those you love?

(A) See God’s guiding hand in your life circumstances, or (B) Lack enthusiasm in your day-to-day?

I have a strong leading that you would prefer the “A’s” above, although you find the “B’s” persistently lurking in the background. Although God wishes for it to be otherwise, too often we become weary in life.

Be careful!  The fruit of weariness can be downright rotten.  Discouragement is bad enough, and depression is, well, depressing.  But  the worst fruit of weariness is often cynicism, a fatal surrendering to others at the expense of keeping our Hope firmly planted in Jesus.

I find a simple statement Jesus made to his disciples just before He went to the cross very helpful to keep in mind when I am weary with life. He said this: In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world (see John 16:33)

Trouble will not go away. The risk of weariness is ever-present. But don’t lose heart!  Follow the pattern of the One who rose to every challenge that came his way. Not even death could hold him down.

May you experience the pervasive peace that is found in knowing Him who works in us, with us, through us and for us.