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Diary of a Wimpy Christian

162717437Religion. Its like being the wimpy, shy, awkward guy in high school who never stops trying to get the attention of the most beautiful girl on campus. But no matter how hard he tries, she never notices that he even exists. Exhausted & discouraged, the guy works even harder, hoping she will at least glance his way. But nothing changes. For all the attention he receives from her, they might as well be living on two separate planets.

Grace. Its like being that same wimpy, shy, awkward guy but instead of him working hard to get her attention, to everyone’s bewilderment, she is the one who loves and is pursuing him. Inflated with a blinding pride, he thinks he’s too good for her and so at first he resists her and tries to ignore her. Eventually though, after her relentless pursuit, he finally lets down his walls, opens up his heart, and invites her to marry him. Incredibly, she says yes to him. A wimpy guy and a radiant beauty.

The scandal is not over. Still puffed up with pride, he once again begins to ignore & neglect her. Thinking that he’s something else, he expects her to be doing all the serving, loving, & giving in this relationship. After all, he silently reasons, she is one lucky lady for getting him in the first place. In love with himself, he chooses success, reputation, and the image in the mirror over her. And yet, with an amazing love and grace, she continues to pursue him anyway…this wimpy, shy, awkward, proud, self-centered man she has loved from the beginning.

And then one day, a transformation occurs. Its as if he suddenly emerges from the fog of his delusion. For the first time, he realizes that he has had it all wrong.  He is unworthy of her. She is more worthy than anything he could ever offer. He has always been a wimpy, shy, awkward guy. She, the most beautiful girl on campus. He deserves nothing from her. She deserves everything from him. With a changed heart, now fully realizing the depths of her love & grace, he begins to live differently. He pursues, loves, & pleases her with his whole heart. Not so that he can win her love but because he now understands that he has her love. He always has…and he always will.


Why You Need to Defiantly Rest

160889930Contrary to what some might think, physically resting doesn’t show how little you care; often it shows how much you care. There is a story in the Bible where Jesus and his disciples are sailing across the Sea of Galilee. Sometime during the night, a furious storm overwhelms them, sending the disciples into a state of fear & high anxiety. Frantically, they do everything they can to keep from drowning. Instead of being at rest, they are simply trying to survive (can anyone relate?).

At some point during their struggle, the disciples remember that Jesus is in the boat with them. However, unlike the disciples, he is the picture of perfect rest. He’s curled up on a cushion having the sleep of his life. The disciples wake him and yelling over the storm they say, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” Jesus gets up, commands the storm to be still, and all is OK.

If you have been…

a. running a thousand miles an hour in life
b. nearing the point of burnout
c. stressed & anxious
d. neglecting the more important priorities in life like friends & family

…it might be time for a rest. However, you need to understand something. Whenever you rest physically, be it a day off, a vacation, or a seasonal breather in the pace of life or ministry, there will always be those who will interpret that as a lack of caring…rest anyway. In the story above, Jesus has been serving like crazy and the tank is empty. However, the disciples don’t get it so with shock & disbelief, they exclaim “Don’t you care?!” Of course he cares; that’s why he’s resting. It’s pretty hard to love & care for others when you’re a shriveled up, burnt-out mess.

At some point you have to ignore the voices that say resting means you don’t care about your job, your family, your church, or your community and take a rest anyway. Resting doesn’t show a lack of care, it shows how much you care.

If you’re tired, overwhelmed, anxious, or just out of step with what’s important, one of the best things you can do is stop what you’re doing, take a rest, and turn to Jesus. He promises to bring refreshing & rest for our souls as we do (Matthew 11:28-30).

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