///It’s no lie that most of us need a break at points in our life. Between work, church, counseling, etc., we find ourselves spread thin with responsibility. Being overworked and under appreciated is a very common theme in our world. It eventually causes us to have a moment where we feel like the only thing that’s we can do to overcome this burden is to escape. Escape the struggles, problems, classes, frustrations, drama, and all the other junk we deal with on a regular basis
As I write this, I’m sitting in a Coffee Shop on South Padre Island, TX, for Spring Break 2015. I have the honor and privilege to work alongside 700+ college students as they seek love “breakers” who are working towards escape. We’ve spent the last few days driving in vans on this small island, picking up anyone who would take a free ride from one club to the other. From one drunken night to another. From one mistake to another. All along the way we speak with them, getting to know who they are, where they’re from, and what they love most about life.
What we’ve discovered is, many of them don’t love their life. That’s why they are here. Many of them know the Jesus of the Bible, but he hasn’t taken root in their life. They can say the right language and do the right things, but inside they are hurting and broken. And somewhere along the way, someone convinced them that forgetting meant to escape. If you cannot remember what you did, then you cannot feel bad or guilty.
But at what point does the running away become the way to live? When does the escape turn into the reality? When does temporary forgetfulness become forbidden fruit?
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 ESV)
What many of want more than a break is rest. Rest from the frustration of life. Rest from school and work. Rest from social dependence. Rest from the burden of sin in our life. The Gospel is rest for the weary. A call to persevere. It’s freedom from the burden of guilt and shame that weighs heavy on each of us.
Maybe what we need is not a break at all. Maybe what we need is rest.///