I was worn down to a nub by a family death last year, the onset of crushing fatigue in late July, the harried pace of a book launch coupled with multiple ministries, and the constant challenge of marketing Refuge in a sparkling and fresh way. Troubles and discouragement bubbled to the top.

Even though I had attended writers’ conference and even though speakers had informed us of how difficult the writer’s task is now with marketing and social media, I had no idea experientially. I’d never published a book before. Now I have. This is hard.

My publicist suggested taking a month to refresh my heart and to rejuvenate. He reminded me that this career of ministry and writing is a marathon. I must pace myself. To deal with matters of my burnt-out, worn-out heart, he urged me to take a vacation. So I have been. This is still family and resting month.

This month I’ve seen the majority of my kids and grandkids. Some of them and my youngest grandchild are still with me. Her sweet ways and captivating smile are putting life back into me. How I cherish my children and my grandkids! Being surrounded by them this month has been life to my body and health to my bones.

God’s Word has also soothed like medicine. I serve a Savior who experienced all these same things I have. He was even tempted toward burn-out and discouragement just like me, but he triumphed over it all by clinging to the Father. Not only does he sympathize with me, but he set the example of how I am to live.

Life must be lived in constant reliance upon God. Our eyes must remain upon him. We cannot focus on the trials, the stats, the naysayers, the difficulties, or the fatigue. We must fix our attention on Jesus.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Heb. 12:1-3)

The Godhead and the heavenly witnesses all lean in to see our success, to watch our triumph over sin and death ultimately when we come into our inheritance. We, therefore, persevere.

How? By keeping our eyes on Jesus. He lived this life. He will help us. And so, I consider him, I ponder his words and his actions, and he puts me back together. I do not lose heart. He gives strength to the weary.

Where is your attention fastened? On what/whom are you meditating?

 

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