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In western culture we try to fill every waking moment of each day with activity. Productivity is closely associated with personal success and self-worth. This is why we're gluttons for work and busyness. Our recreation and leisure activities are so activity oriented they leave us barren and exhausted. No wonder some scream: "Stop the world, I want off!"

Personal Touch

Do you feel stressed and overwhelmed? Are you filled with a sense of hopelessness? Do you feel like a loser because you often end up getting the short end of the stick? Welcome to reality. Life in the 21st century can be overwhelming at times.

Everywhere you turn someone wants more of what you've just run out of. There are unending bills, traffic jams, squabbling children and broken promises. You may be tempted to just check out of it all. 

ER Heartache

I once went to an emergency room to visit a teenager who had overdosed on sleeping pills. Somehow, at an early age, she had reached the point where she lost all hope. She didn't want to live!  Waking up from what she thought was her final sleep was a disappointment.

People spend a lot of money trying to minimize their pain. Material wealth, alcohol, drugs (both legal and illegal), sex, entertainment--all are used to try and divert attention from their soul distress. The lyrics to the song, Carousel, faintly portray the confusion and loss many feel. Can we find sanity, joy, and rest, this side of the grave?

There are many ways to deal with stress. We can exercise, get more rest, try to bring more balance into our lives, be on time to appointments and so on. But finding relief from soul fatigue requires more than behavior modifications.

A Brighter Way

If your life is more of a burden than joy and you feel like calling it quits, listen to what Jesus says:

"Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." (Matthew: 11:28).

"I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:20).

David experienced soul fatigue more than once. But he found comfort in God and left these words of encouragement for you and me.

"God, my shepherd! I don't need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I'm not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd's crook makes me feel secure.

You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing. Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I'm back home in the house of God for the rest of my life" (Psalm 23:1-6).

As you look to the future, why not consider the following suggestions:

1. Give God your brokenness and believe what He says.

2. Find a Christian counselor who can help you sort through your problems.

3. Get involved in helping someone else.

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