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February 24, 2017, 9:14 AM

Who is setting the rhythm of your life?



"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."
Matthew 11:28-30, Message

This scripture offers an invitation to let God set the pace of our lives.  Although, He spoke these words to a generation of weary souls two thousand ago, I don’t think there could be a more fitting description for today’s generation. Tired, worn out, burn out, seems like a tailor-made fit to me.  Jesus offers to recover your life, real rest, unforced, free and light living, but it is only if you “Come to Me”.  A life of unhindered fellowship with Jesus is the rhythms of grace.  Rhythms of grace are God’s divine tempo for your life. It’s not about what we do or don’t do. It’s about Who is setting our tempo.

 

Think for a moment about rhythm and our most basic response to it: movement. I have a playlist on my phone that I listen to when I’m working out. There are different types of songs for different moments in my workout. Some are fast for those moments when I need to get going and some are slow for the cool down time. The rhythm of the music sets my workout pace, but when it comes to the pace of my life, who is setting the rhythm? Like the music on my phone it depends on who I’m listening to. 
 

People have different responses when it comes to dealing with the stresses of life. Some people try to outrun the stress. Some people feel so helpless they just stop moving altogether. Others ignore problems hoping they will somehow go away. I understand each of those reactions — and I have experienced them plenty of times! Somewhere between running away and the full stop, there is a pace — a rhythm that’s a custom fit for your life right now. That pace is God’s rhythm of grace for your life, His perfect tempo.  Today, if you're tired, worn out or burned out—help available, Jesus is waiting! Keep company with Jesus and trust Him to set the tempo.

 

This is my Prayer:  Jesus help me tune into Your voice above all others. Teach me to move to Your rhythm and at Your pace.  Lord You have laid out for me a life and away to live it, and it’s the life I want. I trust You God to direct my tempo.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


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