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Are You Trying to FIX yourself?

Monday May 29, 2023
Julia Van Huizen
1 min read

When something is wrong, we often spring into “Fix It” mode. It makes sense that we’d do that. I mean, if you have a leaky faucet, you call a plumber or grab a wrench. If you want to lose weight, you join a gym or start an exercise regime.

Yes, our modus operandi is to “fix.” But often “fixing” doesn’t work when it comes to our feelings or state of mind. Many of us try to “apply” “Fix It” to our loneliness, anxiety or burnout, and unfortunately, it just doesn’t work.

Worried about your job? You tend to work harder. Feeling burnout? We tend to push harder. But in Matthew 11, Jesus offers us a much better alternative.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Jesus’ answer? Rest. Trust. Learn from His gentleness.

When our instinct is to fix, Jesus invites us to rest. To slow down. To be gentle with ourselves just as He is gentle.

This week, as you go about your days, be on alert of your “pushing” and “pulling” of yourself. And when that happens: pivot. Take a deep breath. Walk a little slower. Back off of yourself and trust that resting in Him is the answer.

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