"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him." (Romans 15:13 NIV)
Where do you go for peace if you don’t have God in your life, if you’re not connected on a moment-by-moment basis? Jesus Christ has an incredible offer for you. He says, “If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28 CEV).
I like that verse because it says the exact opposite of what most people think God will say to them. They think that if God wants them to come home this Christmas, he’s going to say, “Come home to me, and I will give you rules. Come home to me, and I will give you regulations. Come home to me, and I will give you restrictions. Come home to me, and I will give you religion. Come home to me, and I will give you rituals.” But God doesn’t say any of those things. He says,“Come home to me, and I will give you rest.”
The reason why you’re so tired and fatigued all the time and get stressed out is that you’re trying to live your life on your own power. God never meant for you to do that.
The Bible says, “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless” (Isaiah 40:29 NLT).
If you’ve been feeling a little down, a little anxious, a little fatigued, or a little worried this Christmas season, come home to God. He’s the one who created you, who’s watched every moment of your life, who knows everything about you and still loves you, who forgives you and says, “Come home to my peace and strength.” When you do that, you’ll have real peace of mind.
Talk About It
What are the causes of your stress during the Christmas season?
What practical steps can you take to reduce your stress and receive the strength and peace that God offers?
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life." His book, "The Purpose Driven Church," was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.
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