I’m exhausted – not physically but emotionally and mentally. I feel completely drained. I came home from the gym, put on my pajamas and intended to binge on Friends then go to bed. I felt a twinge of guilt thinking the answer to my exhaustion was watching TV. Fully aware that guilt is not from God but conviction, absolutely – Jesus words in Matthew 11 came to my heart.
“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”
Over a month ago I turned off my cable and internet so that I could focus more on writing, reading and ultimately my walk with God. Worried I might get completely bored (just being real) I asked my parents to bring all 10 seasons of Friends when they came to visit. I thought it might be good to have a back-up plan in case I went crazy without any TV (read Netflix).
Faced with the choice of watching Friends or learning from Jesus who promises we will find rest in Him – I chose to take Him at His word (teaching moment – learning to live on mission). Out of that time this post was born. Perhaps a bold statement but what if the enemy uses TV (insert whatever you’d like . . .social media) to distract us from coming to Jesus, learning and finding rest – real rest. Haven’t you ever finished watching endless hours of TV only to feel more exhausted than before you started watching? I don’t think I’m saying that every time you sit down to watch TV the enemy is trying to distract you but on the occasion that I choose to sit with Jesus instead of watching TV I’m never disappointed – I’m refreshed, challenged or inspired . . . set free!
I want the rest Jesus speaks of in Matthew 11 and we achieve that by going to Him. Let me encourage you. You will not go crazy taking a break from TV (or social media either) and you won’t be bored. Jesus is a promise keeper. He says He will give rest and we will find rest. I’d like to think it’s no coincidence that first He says He will give us rest just by coming to Him – it’s free. And then the rest for our soul comes from submitting and learning from Him. As followers we are refreshed by fellowshipping with Him and even in the difficult seasons we still find rest.
Give it a try. Take a break from distractions. See where God takes you. I’m praying for you.
Full Disclosure: I wrote this post last week. I’m going to confess that last Sunday, after church, I watched Friends for hours. I didn’t feel refreshed, per say, but I sure did laugh a lot. So . . . it’s about balance – if I’m prompted to spend time with Jesus then I’m going to choose Him.