At times, especially in the beginning of a New Year, it is easy to feel overwhelmed.
Perhaps a resolution has become too big to manage, expectations have grown more than expected, duties at work have increased, the daily schedule allows no rest, etc. While the children may be back at school, their activities have also restarted, and you've become taxi mom or dad.
Wouldn't it be nice to slow down a bit?
When Jesus called His disciples to apprentice with Him, He tenderly addressed each one's specific need. Jesus instructed, modeled, and guided the them from their individual point of understanding to a collective representative of an important work He would assign.
For a first practicum, Jesus instructed his disciples to go only to the cities and homes of Israelites. By keeping them close to home, Jesus gave the disciples an opportunity to practice His teachings where they knew the customs, speech, and dress.
Jesus never wants us to feel overwhelmed. He will never ask us to do more than we are able. On the other hand, He doesn't want us to be lazy couch potatoes either.
Jesus wants us to fulfill what is needed in our corner of the world. He doesn't ask us to go about helping, meeting needs, providing for, and etc for everyone everywhere--just where we are.
Consider your day today. Where might you have done or committed to do more than you were able? Where could you have done more?
Then consider when might you insert a time to do something special for God. This something can be anything from you taking a break to you making a meal for a sick person in the church/neighborhood.
Some of us need to figure out a way to decrease responsibilities so we can spend time with God. Others need to learn to not think so much of ourselves and do more.
How is your New Year progressing?
Can I pray for you?
Can I rejoice with you?