anything that looked like church,
leadership and ministry because
the expectations were more than i
could bear. To say that i was burnt-out and my faith was shaken would
be an understatement.
So, i did what many christians
do, i kept quiet and refused to
admit i was struggling to believe
or even open the Bible. For a long
time i held it in and tried to shame
myself into being a better christian.
i thought to myself, i should read
my Bible more, pray and fast more,
then maybe the enemy would not
be able to knock me down.
interestingly enough, i wouldn’t
trade what i went through, because
it set me up to fall into the arms of
Jesus. There is a beautiful invitation
Jesus gives in matthew 11: 28, “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”
could it really be that simple? if
are you tired?
i feel like quitting, i should take a
rest? my human logic says if you
feel like quitting, you should get
motivated and just push through
– no water breaks, and definitely
no rest. perhaps it’s because my
understanding of what the word
“rest” means is quite different from
what he meant when he said it.
Worn out? Burned
out on religion?
come to me. Get
away with me and
you’ll recover your
i would never profess to be a
biblical scholar, nor will i attempt
to break down this beautiful verse
by consulting the Greek or hebrew
translation. however, i will share
with you what real rest looked like
for me. real rest looked like admit-
ting i was struggling to believe. it
also looked like being honest with
myself that i didn't know how to
pick myself back up, because it
allowed him to be my strength.
The Bible is right in saying that
in our weakness he is strong, and
his strength is made perfect in our
weakness ( 2 corinthians 12: 9), as
true strength can only be properly
displayed in weakness.
So i am unashamed to say, Yes!
Jesus, i am weak and i am tired.
i understand that some would
classify that as failure, but i would
fail on purpose in that regard if it
means finding rest in christ. So i
quit! i am done trying to be my own
saviour and i quit trying to have it
it seems backwards and too sim-
ple to be true, but it is true. You will
never find rest if you are not willing
to admit that you are tired.
h o i s J a m i l a 5 F A C T S 1) She is a coastal gal! She grew up on the East coast of Guyana. 2) She loves the art of dance, specifically ballet. You may just catch her reading dance maga- zines. 3) She actually enjoys writing essays, and her love for writing flows from there. 4) She can use just about any power tool in the house as well as an old fashioned hammer and nails thanks to her Grandpa. 5) She is a humble planner. She plans but acknowledges that hings may not turn out the way she planned.
In our weakness He is
strong, and His strength
is made perfect in our