As a believer and follower of Christ Jesus, who has been blessed with gifts of giving and helping others should I ever feel depleted of time and energy? I find myself questioning my call, asking if there’s something wrong with me. Some days it’s difficult to get up and even pursue things known to bring feelings of fulfillment and giving back to others and to the world around me. I am conscientious of people and things even when I feel like saying “why?” “What differences do I made in this crazy mixed up world?” Things like taking a shopping cart from the parking lot as I’m walking into a store and once I’ve emptied the cart into my vehicle, take the time to return it to the store or at least the designated cart returns. I know it’s not much but I feel compelled to do it. I often observe people in the building where I work and if they seem lost or confused, I will approach them and ask if they need help. I also like to make eye contact with others and give them a “nod” “smile”or a “friendly word” most especially when they seem down or distracted. Another way of helping others I learned a long time ago listening to a student pastors message, she helped me to see that often we have the power to help endless people on a daily basis, this smallest of things yet more powerful than physically doing a task is to PRAY! To this day when I see or hear sirens I say a prayer for the emergency personnel as well as the people involved in and around whatever emergency is happening. The power of prayer is impossible to measure and we may never truly know the consequences or outcomes but we do know that God’s Will, will be carried out and His promises are everlasting. God loves all His children and He most certainly loves you, whatever your gifts and talents may be, most importantly love yourself and do the things you need to do to re-energize and fill your tank so you will be active and alert to do God’s Will. Back to my original question, “Should I ever feel depleted of time and energy? The answer, we are human and experience human emotions. Tell yourself what you would tell someone else…our humanness requires rest and rejuvenation, find the things that fill you, energize you and feel alive…do these things often and stay connected to God, most especially when you’re questioning and tired. God wants all of us, not just the days we are feeling our best.
~God loves you, You are so Loved!~
Matthew 11:28-30 (NRSV)
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, 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.”