You don't have to try so hard. I know sometimes you think you do. There's a place inside that worries if you let up for even just a little while that it may all fall apart, that you may fall apart. But here's the secret: you dont have to hold yourself, your life, this world together. That's far too much for any of us.
Instead of holding it all together, can you let yourself be held by the One who loves you? He's the One who told the weary to come to him. He's the One who told us it was okay to lay our burdens down. He's the One who invites us to a life not of perfectionism but of peace.
He doesn't require as much of you as you believe. It feels that way because so many people have told you it's true. But our God is not a taskmaster. Instead he's a loving Father and he wants his children to rest. Children are not meant to worry and work all the time. They're meant to receive.
What do you need from God right now? Slow down for a moment and tell Him. Whisper the tiredness you feel. Tell Him about your frustration. Put words to your suspicion that it's all too much and you're not enough.
Then listen for God's voice in return. Let Him reassure you that he's got you and he's never letting go. Let Him share with you that you are not responsible for results, only obedience. Let Him free you from what weighs you down and instead lift you up with love.
You don't have to try so hard, get so far, run so fast. You only have to reach up to the One who promises to carry you like a daughter in His arms. All the way Home.
Adapted from the writing of Holley Gerth.
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