a love letter to the overwhelmed

Dear you, the one on the other side when I press “Post”.

I think about you a lot.

I don’t know about you, but the more I spend studying the Scriptures, the more I am overwhelmed. I am overwhelmed at His goodness and then I am downtrodden because of my own sinfulness.

And the more I focus on my schedule and everything I need or want to do, the more I feel doomed at doing any one thing well.

But these two things are what I want us to remember in the middle of a week full of hustling and tackling our day jobs, whatever they are.

1. Sanctifcation is a process. 

There is no condemnation in Jesus Christ.

You’re going to sin. That’s the truth. But you’re also being renewed day by day.

In the words of Eric Metaxas, “Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing God’s will.”

Chase after Jesus.

See your weakness for what it is — a chance for Him to display His strength within you. Allow this to humble you, not to shame you.

Confess your sin. Don’t run from Him when you sin, it only leads to more sin. Keep pressing into Him.

Pray that He would transform your spiritual sifting and self-conceit into meekness.

2. It will all get done. 

You are doing the best that you can.

There is a difference between procrastination and a break.

Procrastination is clothed like a foolish child and is still claimed by the joy-stealer named Hurry. Procrastination feels guilt and the weight of what she could be doing. A break is an adult who knows his responsibilities. He knows how to balance work and rest. He knows how to prioritize and have a good time.

For me, on the day I first write this to you, taking a break means making another cup of coffee. Putting a vinyl record on. Writing. Going to connect with a few friends. And *gasp*, it’s not even the weekend. For you, this might mean taking a nap, stalling the dishes or deadline work for another half hour, or letting your kids watch a movie.

I’m not learning how to practice taking a reasonable break because I have too much time on my hands. I’m taking a break today to fight against burn-out in the hustle of tomorrow.

Dear you, 

As long as you’re being renewed, you’re doing just fine. 

When you remember Who you belong to, you won’t seek identity in your reputation or your success. You’ll be serving Him and will finally be free to fully enjoy work, rest, and all the grey lines in between. 

 

 

 

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