It takes courage to follow Christ. It takes a humbled spirit, in realization that it depends on its Creator. It takes strength, tenacity, and love. Yet, that power comes not from us; it is in humble submission to God that we are able to be filled with His Spirit, move by His power, and stand by His grace.
Though our minds strive to focus on eternal things, our flesh struggles, and may cause us to bend to the pressures of the world. What, then, should a follower of Christ do to regain composure when strength runs out, and we feel empty?
Determine what you're lacking. Are you doubting God? Frustrated with life? Worn out from serving? Worried about something? Your concerns are valid, but they should never have priority over our Heavenly Father. It is when we can make Him our priority that we have the grace, and strength to carry on.
Evaluate your prayer/study time. Are you spending time studying God's Word, and in His presence through prayer? Are you digging into God's Word, not simply reading it? The Scriptures are alive, and are deep, and rich in meaning.
Take time to replenish. You matter. Your life can get hectic, and time flies by. Sometimes you wake up tired, and you still have the rest of the day to face! Be intentional with your rest. Our Heavenly Father has given us the gift of a weekly Sabbath to not do our normal tasks, and, instead, spend time with fellow believers, our families, and Him- resting.
I have found that I keep many of my struggles to myself. This isn't always the best option for us. Communication with our spouses , and other family members might feel awkward at first, but it would take some of the burden off ourselves. It would help our families understand what they might be oblivious to because they don't know what we need or what we're thinking.
Let's eliminate unnecessary frustrations that make the more important ones feel heavier on our shoulders.
Consider if using a schedule as a guide for your routines would help.
Consider delegating more chores, and asking your spouse for help.
Consider going to bed or waking up earlier.
Consider what you can do without; what is adding unnecessary pressure?
Is there an unconfessed sin you need to address? God will not reject a broken, repentant heart.
Getting to know our Heavenly Father, and His Word- in context- should be a priority. Our spiritual nourishment comes from every word that proceeds from His mouth; His instructions, and truth are bread for our entire beings. Are you lacking spiritual nourishment?
We can easily make excuses and say we don't have time to relax, to rest, or to spend much time studying, but I tell you that we cannot afford not to be intentional in this! Most of us wouldn't dare go out of our homes without brushing our teeth, and combing our hair, yet we are more than willing to step out all day without giving God more than 15 minutes (if anything) of our time.
We should be eating up the Scriptures, and teaching our families just as diligently.
We should be following our Messiah's example of complete reliance on the Father, and resting when we need to. We are allowed to!
Steady yourself by going back to basics. What does your Heavenly Father say to you through His Word? Understanding the Scriptures will lead to living a holy life, setting ourselves apart like we are called to be.
Boundaries will become more visible. It will be a change from the blurred lines we're used to seeing in the world between the sacred, and the unholy.
Reaching out to a friend is often beneficial. We have an unhealthy, unbiblical habit of isolating ourselves, and making things more complicated than they need to be. We let our own minds get the best of us.
There is no magic formula. What we already know to be true can often be what we need to implement in our lives in order to come out of the rut we are in.
Obedience to the Scriptures.
If your mind is on overdrive, don't be hard on yourself. The mind is a beautiful gift from God. Get to know the way your mind works to avoid added stress.
Are you intellectually gifted? You'll have a tougher time "turning off" your brain. Give yourself grace for that.
Do you suffer from anxiety or depression? Don't walk this journey alone. Open up to someone you trust about this, and let yourself be renewed by the Word of God.
The truth is, we will face many challenges; many of them conceived in our own minds. There might be a few we don't completely overcome in this lifetime. Don't despair. Receive the grace of God, with which you have what you need to persevere.
Go back to basics. Get your rest, and your nourishment from God.