Are You Weary?

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I just talked to a close friend who said she's just "tired." She's had a lot going on professionally and personally. I feel the same way… just tired! (Maybe part of that is I got home after 1 a.m. last night from our trip).

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Anyway, I'm not one of these people who's real in touch with why I feel the way I do. So I start trying to find a reason for my malaise. Maybe I'm tired of my job. Maybe I need a change. Before long, I can think the reasons for my fatigue are something they're not.

By the grace of God, I stopped the weary excuse train last night and thought "what's really going on with me?" I'm sad, I thought. I'm leaving my son and his wife and going home. I'm just sad.

Once I could identify that, I quit looking for other reasons and just lived with the sadness of having kids grow up. (That kept me from thinking I need to quit my job!) And it allowed me to give myself a break.

Maybe you need to give yourself a break too. Summer's a crazy time where professionally and personally you're giving everything. And let's be honest, even trying to go on a "restful" vacation can be exhausting and sometimes disappointing. Don't attach too much meaning to your weariness…maybe all you need is a good nap.

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Christine Yount Jones

Christine has more than 26 years of children’s ministry experience. She is the Executive Editor of Children’s Ministry Magazine, has authored many books and articles on children’s ministry, and serves as Group’s Children’s Ministry Champion. She’s responsible for development and innovation of new resources.

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