Stress

Life is hard. We are all stressed. Someone on Facebook posted that he overheard an 8-year-old say to her mom, “I’m so stressed out. What are you going to do about that?”

 

Now, whether she was just parroting what she’s heard her parents say or she truly is a frazzled 8-year-old, either way is both sad and scary.

 

And then enter Christmastime. When everyone’s expectations of each other and ourselves go through the roof, on top of all of our regular responsibilities, and no matter of what sadness or pain we find ourselves walking through.

 

Stress upon stress upon stress.

 

So, today, I’m going to ask you to rest. That is your task today. To look at your mounting to-do list and scratch one thing off.  You heard me.  Just simply eliminate something. Don’t move it to tomorrow or next week or January. Just take it off the list.

 

And in that space that is created by not doing that one thing, I want you to stop.  Do not fill it up with doing another thing.  Just stop.  Lie down and take a nap. Or sit on your couch, maybe with a cup of tea or coffee or hot chocolate.  And do nothing.  For like, fifteen minutes…thirty if you’re feeling daring.  Yep.

 

In the middle of your day. In the middle of your life. In the middle of your Christmas. In the middle of your difficult season. In the middle of your stress.

 

Do. Nothing. (Even if it kills you.) (Hint: it won’t kill you.)

 

You are tired. You are carrying heavy burdens. You are carrying things you were never meant to carry.  Jesus came for so many reasons but one really beautiful one is to lighten your load.  Look towards Christmas morning. Today, as you sit doing nothing, rest in the thought that he wants to carry your burden and carry you.

 

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” –Matthew 11:29-30

 

God, I am so bogged down by the details of life, by the pain and stressors of my life. I can’t keep going. Meet me in this place of rest. Help me recover my life. Help me hand over my burden to you. Please carry it for me. Please carry me today. Please help me live my life freely and lightly. Amen.
If this post resonated with you, Holidays for the Hurting: 25 Devotions to Help You Heal would be your companion through this season.

Elisabeth Klein is the grateful wife to Richard and grateful mom and stepmom to five. She writes, speaks and mentors women in difficult marriages, those going through divorce, single moms, those dating post-divorce, and those who are remarried and stepmothers. You can find her at www.elisabethklein.com.


Karen