.The last two weeks have been eventful, surprising, incredible…… there are so many words to explain it, honestly. You see, I love Instagram. If you know me, you know it is my social media of choice and I really enjoy it. Although I love the platform, I needed a break. I needed the break from the wickedness and destruction of the world. A break was needed from the negative and the lies. I needed a break from the judgement and the nasty messages. You see, even when God calls you to something, it can still be hard. Actually, you can expect it to be hard. The devil and evil forces will test you even more when you are doing God’s work or calling. And I am no exception and neither are you. So needless to say, I needed a break. God Does Not Want You to Be Burdened By Your Discipleship.
A Break is Not Quitting
A break is defined as; a pause in work or during an activity or event. It is a pause, it is NOT quitting. Needless to say, I am not quitting. I am not going to stop spreading the love of Jesus, God’s word or being His disciple on Instagram. I am pausing, taking a mental break and praying through. Life is always going to be hard. Your job on this earth will always be hard. God has always been open about this. He hasn’t promised an easy life, but He promises that it will be worth it!
Matthew 7: 13-14: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
God Does Not Want You to Be Burdened By Your Discipleship
God has been pulling me towards this break for quite some time, but I kept ignoring it and Him. I thought if I took a break that I wasn’t doing what I was called to do and that is to spread the Gospel to everyone that will listen on Instagram and beyond. Little did I know at the time, that was and is not true. You see, God wants you to be His disciple, but not at the expense of your mental health. Read that again!
When God lays someone on your heart to pray for, He wants you to pray and release. Let Him take care of the rest. He does not want you to worry after you pray. God did not give you the person or thing to pray for for you to be burdened, He gave it to you because He trust you to pray and intercede with the topic He gave you to pray about.
When you are struggling spreading the Gospel to others, because of the negative and destruction in the world, that is okay. He knows it is not easy. You can not take care of others if you do not take care of others. Why do you think Pastors and church leaders take sabbaticals? Think about it! They need a break too. You are not an exception!
This world is wicked and it will never change. You have to protect yourself the best way you can and know how. God does not want you to be burdened by your calling, but to be blessed by your calling. The calling is all of our callings, the calling of discipleship.
It Is Okay to Take a Break
So if you need a break from social media, a friend, a family member, a weekly event, etc. that is okay! Take your time, pray through and listen to what God is asking you to do. If something has become toxic, you can take a break or a pause. It doesn’t mean you have failed. It doesn’t mean you aren’t doing the will of God or your calling. Certainly, it doesn’t mean that the break is forever, either. It means you value God’s calling in you. It means you put God before the world. And it means you trust God and His plans for you.
Listen to what God is telling you to do and take time to listen for your next step. He will provide it, all you have to do is trust Him.???? If it includes a break or a pause, do it. You won’t regret it.
Is there something you need to take a break from? Let me know in the comments if I can help you pray and stand in agreement with you. I would be honored.
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