The religious market pulses with superficial advice, plagiarized art, and hand-me-down one-liners. It’s hard to sift through the endless fluff to find evidence that God cares or that His words are more than trite phrases. It’s difficult to find evidence of His wisdom as it applies to life right this minute without finding people arguing about it. Instead of finding a living, intelligent, all-consuming Love, you’re finding robotic practice and greeting card sentiment.
You’re facing your life, fully aware of your mistakes and imperfections, wondering how far away God is. It seems like everyone else knows something you don’t. But, when you listen to them, it’s not feeding the hunger that’s tearing though you. You’re left wondering where God is. A closer look reveals people who find more meaning and purpose in what they don’t do than in any wisdom gleaned from understanding the scriptures.
It’s time to stop looking for people to be something they can never be. You won’t find your answers in others because they are not the answer. The only thing they’re supposed to be doing is pointing to Jesus. Anything else is just them trying to sound important. It’s okay to take a step back. In a lot of cases, it’s probably the best thing you can do if you want something real.
“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.” – Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30 MSG