TODAY'S DEVOTIONAL MESSAGE

Monday, 20 May 2024

Give rest to the tired, worn out, and burned out, for your body to recover and your spirit to grow.

I promised to give rest to tired people, worn out, and burn out. For I know how important it is for you to rest so your body can recover and for your spirit can grow.

Rest is the gateway to personal revival, refreshing your body with strength, renewing your soul, spirit, and mind. The rest I offer is not an escape from your busy life. This is a space where you regroup yourself so you can align your purpose to My will that will bring you joy and fulfillment in life.

Burnout is a New Epidemic Outbreak

Burnout can happen to anybody. Especially now that your culture is fast-paced, the demands to people are constantly increasing every day.

Burnout can be a serious thing. Those who suffer from it can no longer effectively cope with their daily life. It isn’t due to a lack of skills but rather the lack of motivation and commitment.

People who are susceptible to burnout are those who stay in the paradigm of “do more, achieve more, achieve better”. You do not need to live this way. This needs to be addressed.

This is not a new thing. It also happened to Jonah and Elijah. Both of them had a mission to fulfill. Jonah was sent to Nineveh to ask the people to repent from their sins. Jonah was reluctant to perform his mission because he thought that the people who live there does not deserve My mercy. He lacked the motivation to do it, thus he chose to escape.

Elijah, on the other hand, defeated many prophets. He was successful with his mission. But he got tired, depressed, and was in despair. You see, even the great prophets I have chosen were not able to escape from the pangs of burnout.

Take a Break

In case you forget, I am your Lord and Savior, your ever-present help in times of trouble. All you need to do is receive the help that I offer. I am your strength and refuge. Stop doing all the work by yourself. The things you can no longer control lay it at My feet, and I will take care of it for you. But you need to learn to trust Me.

You also need to learn how to pause. Rest is important. This was evident when I created the entire universe. You know for a fact that I never get tired, yet, I made sure that I rested on the 7th day. Why? Because I want you to see the value of taking the time off. Rest will renew your energy. It will help you to get your perspective right.

Take some time off. It will not hurt if you will give yourself a chance to recuperate. The great thing about having a break is to spend more time with Me in prayer. Not only that, it will also show how much you really trust Me as your provider.

Taking in between pauses will allow you to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit as He speaks. Rest will also allow you to look through My lenses as you continue to fulfill the purpose and calling I have for you. I encourage you today, never take for granted the gift of “me time”, so you can maintain your balance.

Reflect on these words today

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

— Isaiah 40:31

But He would withdraw to desolate places and pray.

— Luke 5:16