Lately, I’ve been feeling like restarting or resetting my life. Not so much packing my bags and moving to a new state, but just doing away with my old habits. These old habits have kept my focus in a complacent spot where I can’t grow. If you can identify with this, I think people like us just forget to wind down most of the time. If you get caught up in these old habits you can’t take into consideration the season you’re in. For me, I operate without a day off and always fill my time with something to do, because I hate not having an agenda. I am wired in the sense that I have to constantly be on the go and force myself to move with motive. I would fill my days without breaks so much that it became a bad habit.
I don’t know when this problem occurred, but I can assure you it’s not healthy. As humans, we need rest and we need it quite often. Not just simply sleeping your 6-7 hours a night, but actual REST. I’m talking about the kind of rest that Jesus provides. You see, when I was too busy focused on filling my days and doing things FOR Him, I forgot to be WITH Him. And how many of us can attest to that? As young leaders, I’ve noticed our common goal is to serve – which is not a problem, because we need to be humbled by our serving! – but I’ve also noticed that we don’t allow ourselves to rest within the time we’re given. That is something I have failed to do because now, it results in habits that should not take part in my lifestyle.
When I started this new year, I heard different things (with the same meaning) that I felt like God was trying to tell me. The phrase “You can begin again” and “New Habits” played over and over in my head. All the times I would try to remove the old, bad habits I would get stuck, because I wasn’t adding anything NEW to my life. It’s where these New Habits come in that benefit from the rest God gives. A new habit of patience, a new habit of healthiness, a new habit of resting IN Him (just to name a few) that are helping me walk in this season I’m in. Matthew 11 says, “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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” 28-30
Jesus wants us to come to Him with all of our burdens, all of our bad habits, and all of our time. In Return we get weight shifted off of us, a new start (new habits), and the rest we desire. Philippians 4 mentions that when we do these things we also get “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, that guards your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 6-7