Knowing When to Stop

I’m really good at “going.” I like to get things done, come up with new ideas, and find ways to make things run better. When I decide that something needs to be accomplished I rarely think twice, and I just run straight into “go” mode. Maybe you can relate.

Maybe you understand how easily your schedule can fill up, how busy life can become, and how rare it is to stand still. Before you know it you are tired. You are drained. You are stressed. You are overwhelmed. And then, perhaps, you break a little because even though you are done, the check-list of things to do doesn’t stop. So, maybe you cry, or maybe you lose your temper, or maybe you run away and promise to yourself that you will never over work yourself again.

If you’re anything like me, it is a pattern that continues to cycle. Most days I feel great, I feel strong and confident, ready to take on the world and make a difference, but it always catches up to me. There is only so long something can “go” before it needs to “stop.”

If you are a “goer” the idea of stopping can seem like failure. I’m here to tell you that it is not. “Going” is a good thing, but so is knowing when to stop.

This last Sunday, our youth pastor Steve spoke about this when he examined the story of Jesus being tempted in the wAnd-the-angels-attended-himilderness by Satan. [Listen Here] He drew specific attention to the last line in that story, a line that often is over looked because it has nothing to do with temptation. After Jesus is successful in overcoming everything the devil throws at him we read the following:

“Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.” – Matthew 4:11 

The word “attended” is key here. This word is found 37 times in the New Testament and although it is translated slightly differently throughout scripture “attended” means to be served, to be waited upon, to be provided for, to “do the work.”

“Going” is good. Without people to “go” and “do” nothing would get done. But we can’t all “go” all the time. Eventually we have to come to a stop. When our cup runs dry because we have poured out all we have we need to take a turn to be filled. We need to allow others, our brothers and sisters in Christ, to attend to us, to provide for our needs, to do the work for us. It is not a failure to stop and receive.

Here at Harvest we want to attend to you and your needs. Whether they are physical, emotional, or spiritual our goal is to fill you up so that you can in turn “go” and “do” and fill up someone else. Like Steve said, it is not a one-time thing, it is a pattern that continues to cycle. So let us break the old pattern, the old cycle of “going” and burning out – and instead trade it in for a pattern and cycle of being filled and attended to and in turn filling and attending to another person.

We’ve got a lot of great ministries available to do just that. We have mid-week bible studies and small groups, we have social gathers for men, women, families, and students. Once a month we hlightstock_73352_medium_jacquelynave a traditional hymn service. We also have a worship night once a month called “Unplugged” which was created for the very purpose of re-filling and refreshing those in our body who are overwhelmed and looking for a place to come and stop.  We encourage you to “go” and “do” but also to “come” and “receive.” Let us come together as the Body and attend to one another.

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