TXTS FROM THE TXT
TXTS FROM THE TXT is a Daily Devotional inspired by believers living in an increasingly more mobile, tech centered world and using these tools in their worship life. Each of these devotions or prayers originally started as a morning text message amongst friends and fellow followers of Christ.
The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. Mark 6:30-32 NIV
"When do you rest? I'm not referring to sleep patterns, but the opportunity to clear your mind and refresh your spirit. Are you on 10 first thing in the morning until you collapse at night?
I know the life. At some point we've all been the person with too much on our plate, so we get a bigger one. As the saying goes, "If you want something done, give it to a busy person."
Still, we have to take time to rest, just as Jesus told His disciples. He was pulling them to a "solitary place" in order to recover their strength. Not just physically, but spiritually and mentally.
I've kept insane hours, grueling travel schedules, and never ending agendas - it’s an unsustainable life. Eventually priorities change and we have to balance activity with productivity.
Jesus and the apostles didn't stop their mission and neither should we. Yet, they did attempt to pause during the hustle of dusty roads, donkeys, blaring sun and crush of people constantly pursuing them.
Our spirit will call us to pause as well. It won't always be to a beachfront retreat complete with serving staff and 1200 thread count sheets, however it can be 10-15 minutes of devoted meditation in the morning.
Simply focus on being still. Completely unmoved. Clear your mind. Breathe deep. Close your eyes. Allow your presence to attune to your body position, breathing pattern and stillness. It may be difficult, but you can do it.
Even if you have kids, a spouse, demanding job duties take the time. Each and every thing will be there when you're ready. And you'll be better prepared to handle all their needs.
Lord, help me to focus on a quiet place. Where I can simply rest."