Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
Jesus, Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)
I have a young friend who turns 14 today. I texted him:
Happy 14th birthday! Another significant year toward becoming a man. These high school years are really good and really hard. Lots of voices trying to tell u who to be and what to do. Learn how to find your true voice and Jesus’ voice amongst the crowd. They will always be the ones telling u what is right and good and true. If it isn’t good it isn’t you and Jesus. Blessings to my good friend’s son.
I am almost 40 years older than my young friend and I am still learning, in training, and wanting to practice the very thing I encouraged him to do. The best way I can describe it is when I am at my best at discerning, I am moving slower; geared down and able to hear and see better. There is a reason why school zones and neighborhoods require a 25 mph speed limit. It is so we can respond well to anything that might enter into our path. We toss the term around a lot, “Walk with God.” I take in even more when I am on foot, a pilgrim on a journey with the greatest guide ever! The journey we are on promises danger, trials, and an ever-present evil… for now. Until Jesus remedies this through His coming again, we are invited to slow it down, gear down, and pay attention.
Therefore see that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people], making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are [filled with] evil. Therefore do not be foolish and thoughtless, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is.
Paul, Ephesians 5:15-17 (AMP)
An excerpt from The Warrior's Heart. Learn more here.