Off on my holidays

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. The Message Matt 11:28-30

There is good tired and there’s bad tired, good discontent and bad discontent, good depression and bad depression.

“Good tired” comes out of co-operating with the Holy Spirit in the work of God. We work with joy and then get tired. We end the day tired but deeply satisfied. I love days lived like this.

Bad tired is debilitating. It comes from seeing I have too many things to accomplish and it’s all on me to get it done. I am trying to do all this in my own energy and I’m worn out. I really must learn better how to walk daily in dependence, hands open, to the infilling of the Spirit. So it is not my work. It is participating with God in His work.

Good discontent is holy discontent born out of a desire to see God’s Kingdom come. This discontent can be carried with grace. We, in Christ, can speak truth gracefully and leave space for God to work.

Bad discontent however is the rut of always finding things not up to the artificial standards of perfection. It is always unhappy. It kills life if not nipped in the bud. Lord, save me from bad discontent.

Good depression is the deep sadness in giving up those many things which seem so precious but are not essential to God’s mission. David Fitch says:

I fear, most pastors never allow themselves to die to their ministry ego markers (whatever they might be) because this requires a good period of depression. As a result, ministries shrivel and churches die.

Bad depression is the loss of purpose in life and complete despair. It’s a time when physical, mental and spiritual renewal is needed.

So I’m off on holiday tired, discontent and even a little depressed; fortunately, I hope, for good reasons!

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