Do you ever find yourself harried and running on empty? Perhaps you have hurry sickness.
We have all found ourselves in that condition from time to time. When this happens to me I have to stop and remind myself that I am usually the cause of the crazy stress in my life.
Jesus tells us, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28 - 29
In his book, Your Best Life in Jesus’ Easy Yoke, Bill Gaultiere shares some powerful concepts. The first one I encountered was this: Jesus was always relaxed. I suppose I knew that, subconsciously at least. But until I actually read those words on the pages of this book I don’t think this concept was real to me. I had to stop and think about it.
Jesus was relaxed. Never in scripture did we see Jesus stressed out. He took His time walking to wherever He was going. When interruptions happened He dealt with them. This happened frequently when people sought healing. He always had time for the people. We never saw Him rushing from place to place. I believe this is the way we all want to live our lives. We want to be more like Jesus.
The good news is WE CAN! Bill’s book shows us how. It is filled with examples and experiments that will help us discover the “rhythms of grace to de-stress and live empowered.” You will learn simple techniques like lectio divina (divine reading) and breath prayers.
You will discover that you have to hurry up to be still. You can do this by practicing selah. In the Psalms you often find the word selah inserted right in the middle of a sentence. Selah means to pause to reflect in prayer. There are times in the busyness of our day we need to practice selah. We need to pause to reflect in prayer. Just imagine how different your day might be if you practiced selah.
“To experience God peace we need to be unhurried.”
Recently Bill and Kristi led devotions at the CLASS writers contreat. Each morning they helped us start out each day on the right path. Bill challenged us all by asking, “Are your drawing attention to yourself or to Jesus?’”
That’s an important question for writers and speakers. Bill’s question caused us to stop and evaluate why we do what we do. He gently reminded us that if we speak and write for fame and fortune we are doing it for the wrong reason. This may be what brings stress and anxiety to your life.
Whatever the cause of that feeling of emptiness and frustration, or for your constant weariness and distress, this book will help you learn to relax in God’s care and protection. You will discover Your Best Life in Jesus’ Easy Yoke.
You can purchase a copy of Bill’s book at their website.