I shared a small bit of devotion on last Wednesday and it simply said, some of you are suffering now because you’ve yet to divorce your past. Oh, you know I’m right. For some of you, the past showed up over the holidays with a new smile and the same lie and you fell for it. Some of you dreaded opening your eyes today because you realized, after laying down with your past last night that it still holds the same hurt. For some, it’s not even the past but it’s your present circumstance that has knocked the life out of you, leaving you walking around spiritually dead. Life, for some of you, even a lot of pastors, have left you literally dying, spiritually, because you’re afraid if you let people see you hurt, this time, they’ll do you like they did last time. If I shall be honest, a lot of you don’t even have anyone you can let your guard down with and it’s silently killing you.
See, you’ve always been the strong one and now you’re too ashamed to show weakness. You’ve been the encourager for so long that you don’t even recognize your need for encouragement. You’re always helping that now you’ve yet to see that it’s you in need. You’re always the one feeding folk (physically and spiritually) that you can’t even hear your own stomach growling. Beloved; when will you surrender, take your own advice, rest, sit down and when will you let go? I shared a status by Pastor Jay Patrick that listed some things pastors should do. Things like take Monday off, find someone you trust to talk too and stop comparing your life to someone else. And while he catered this to pastors, it fits for everybody because every now and then, you need to take a day off and relax or sit across from someone, maybe with a glass of wine and talk without fear of it being shared. And all the time, stop comparing your life to that of someone else. You will get tired but don’t allow it to burn you out. You’re entitled to need help but you have to then let someone in to help! You can’t do it all. Even the strongest has a weakness.