“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
I have to admit, this passage appeals deeply to me. I AM tired. I AM worn out. I AM burned out on religion. It’s like he’s talking directly to me! I want to live in the unforced rhythms of grace.
For me, grace has been a learning process. It’s not always been something I have valued. I have learned how to have grace with myself and my failures, and by the same token, to give grace to others. The burden of religion that I placed on myself was ill fitting and heavy. I had to be perfect! And if I wasn’t, no one else must see it! Perfectionism is a heavy burden to bear.
Thankfully, that’s not where I am anymore. Do I have it all down perfectly? No, but I’m learning to live freely and lightly, comfortable in my skin, not overly caught up in my successes or failures. I’m not always at peace with my daily cycles of work and rest and learning from God and applying to my walk. But I see improvement. I suppose that before I can extend grace to others, I have to first learn to cut myself some slack. And for me, that is a very difficult thing to do. I need Jesus to teach me the unforced rhythms of grace.