Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The person who does not get alone with Jesus is sure to have difficulty as a disciple. This getting away is essential, there can be no growth or genuine service without it. It is in the quiet places where Jesus refreshes us. Burnout is a common problem in whatever field we work, and the world has no lasting solution for it. Secular advice tells us to get away for a change of pace. If we follow that advice, we can postpone burnout for a time, but we will quickly get tired again if all we've done is relax. Jesus did not tell His disciples to go away to relax. He told them to come to Him. Hihs prescense is the difference between a temporary rest and lasting refreshment.
In the quiet places, Jesus does gives us rest, but he also teaches us how to depend on him more fully, how to serve him more effectively and how to trst him more implicitly. The quiet places are places of growth.

By Chris Tiegreen in Journey Magainze


6 comments:

Debbie said...

So true and so convicting. There isn't much else to say other than thank you for the reminder.

Sharon said...

This is good. I know I need to get with my father on a daily basis, but sometimes it is hard to find that quiet space, the quiet-ness that I hear him whispering at me, when I am reading his word, I can feel him almost turning the pages for me.
Great post, & reminder.... Thank you!
Blessings to ya
Sharon

Breanne Vasquez said...

Yes, thank you.

Pamela said...

Great post. Stopping by from Colorado from BATW. Love your blog! :)

Melissa Lester said...

What beautiful thoughts. I came via BATW, and it's nice to get some inspiration along the tour of Louisiana.

Tracy P. said...

That is such a great reminder for a woman who spends way more time than I should zipping around from blog to blog and not enough time with the Lord. How to keep a healthy balance?!!!

That said, thanks for coming to the state fair with me yesterday! :-)