Weird, Chapter Three: The Rest is Up To You

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The biggest reason why many people surrender to the normal overwhelmed, overly driven, unsustainable pace is because we don’t have faith. We don’t honestly believe that God is on His throne, that he can and will handle the details of our lives, that he wants what’s truly best for us, and that his way of doing  life is better.

What a weird way of looking at things…but could this be true?

We’re afraid that if we don’t just run non stop and try everything this world has to offer, we’re going to miss out on something.

See the source imageWe live in an addicted world. It doesn’t matter what it is, there are tons of things in life that people get addicted to. Whether its drugs or alcohol or it’s just an addiction to technology (guilty as charged!), there is always something out there that become addictions for people.  And there’s no such thing as a healthy addiction, despite what some people think. Even when you think you’re doing something good and important, if it takes the place of God, it’s idolatry.  “Idolatry is not just a failure to obey God, it is a setting of the whole heart on something besides God.” (Tim Keller, Counterfeit Gods)

See the source imageBasically, what Groeschel is saying in this chapter is that we always have to be doing something to feel happy, to feel complete. And we “distract ourselves with being productive which makes us look just like everyone else in the world. Our self-worth gets sucked into a riptide of bigger-better-best until we don’t know how to break the cycle.”

This type of behavior is not healthy. It’s sick. It’s destructive. It’s harmful……but it’s normal.

You’re trying to substitute something for God, when He’s the only one who can fulfill you.

We need rest. Simple as that. We need to take the time and just rest. In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus tell us we can come to Him. He will give us rest if we just come to Him. When is the last time you were completely at rest? Experiencing real rest doesn’t mean we become lazy and unproductive. “Jesus was busy but never hurried. He was productive but never overwhelmed. He accomplished everything God wanted Him to and still spent long, refreshing days in fellowship alone with His father.”See the source image

Too many times, we have the tendency to become overwhelmed with all we have going in  our lives. The pressure is on to get things done, to make sure everything is perfect. But why must this be? Why must we go through life so hurried and feel ragged every step of the way?

Take the time to really spend time quality time with God. Let Him speak to you and give you the rest you need. Then you’ll come out with a renewed sense of mind and a sense of peace you’ve never had before. You become fully aware of God’s goodness. The rest will make you more productive! And more importantly, more spiritually healthy!

If you want a normal life, do what normal people do. If you want to know God intimately, walk with Him daily and please him in every way, you’re going to have to do what few do……..absolutely NOTHING.

And that’s weird!

Groeschel tells us to not settle for a normal life. “Not when we can enjoy the wonderful weirdness of being who God created you to be.”

 

 

Weird

Weird is the next book on my list. I seriously love Craig Groeschel’s books! He has a way of grabbing your attention just like Kyle Idleman does in his books. I know, I know. I’ve compared Groeschel to Idleman already but I can’t help it. lol. Anyway, here is a synopsis of the book:

“Normal people are stressed, overwhelmed, and exhausted. Many of their relationships are, at best, strained and, in most cases, just surviving. Even though we live in one of the most prosperous places on earth, normal is still living paycheck to paycheck and never getting ahead. In our oversexed world, lust, premarital sex, guilt, and shame are far more common than purity, virginity, and a healthy married sex life. And when it comes to God, the majority believe in him, but the teachings of scripture rarely make it into their everyday lives.Simply put, normal isn’t working. Groeschel’s WEIRD views will help you break free from the norm to lead a radically abnormal (and endlessly more fulfilling) life.”

I want to be “weird!” (alright, I already AM weird in a lot of ways, haha but I definitely want to have these “weird views!”)


On another note: Tomorrow is Christmas Eve! How crazy fast has this year gone by? 2017 is almost gone.  I turn 35 in 2018. 35! What is even happening? Time is flying by!

I need to start thinking of goals I want to accomplish in this next year. Maybe I’ll make that a blog post for another time. 🙂

 

Verse of the day:

“Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

Merry Christmas you guys! And Happy New Year!