Stop the World, I Want Off
In western culture we fill every waking moment of each day with activity. Self-worth and personal success is closely associated with how productive we are. We are gluttons for work and busyness. Our recreation and leisure is so intense, vacations leave us exhausted. No wonder some scream, "Stop the world, I want off!"
|Photo: Carl Dwyer
Are you stressed and overwhelmed? Do you feel a sense of hopelessness? Welcome to life in the 21st century. Everywhere you turn someone wants more of what you've just run out of. Sometimes the unending bills, traffic jams, squabbling children make it tempting to want to just check out!
One night I went to a hospital emergency room to visit a teenager who had overdosed on sleeping pills. She had reached the point where life was more of a burden than a joy. Waking up from what she thought was her final sleep was a disappointment.
People spend a lot of money trying to minimize their pain. Wealth, power, alcohol, drugs, sex, entertainment--all are used to try and divert attention from the true source of distress. Can we find sanity, joy and rest this side of the grave? One thing I know, relief from soul fatigue requires more than behavior modification.
A Better Way
If your life is more of a burden than a joy and you feel like calling it quits, Jesus is calling to you:
"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).
David experienced soul fatigue more than once. But he found comfort in God and left these words of encouragement for you and me.
"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness, for His name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever" (Psalm 23).
As you look to the future, consider the following actions:
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.