This world can wear you down. Between classes, jobs, practices, homework, etc. life can get pretty hectic. Think of what your day-to-day schedule looks like. I know for me, free time is limited and there’s barely time for myself at the end of the day.

God talks about the important of rest in the Bible several times. Minimizing the madness around you isn’t just a suggestion, it’s a necessity. The busyness of life can get in the way of more important things, especially your relationship with God if you let it.

If you feel like you’re moving at a million miles an hour, I encourage you to go straight to the Lord. He is our source of peace, security, comfort, and so much more than we could ever imagine. Look at the passage from Matthew below.

Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give your rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

This passage always gives me an overwhelming sense of peace. God desires to minimize the madness for us and surrender our control to him. He says to come to him, it’s as simple as that. The madness and busyness of life can make you feel heavy and defeated, but the warmth and presence of God does just the opposite.

Sometimes it takes swallowing your pride and realizing you can’t do it all. A lot of shutting down the busyness in life requires intention and a conscious effort to change your mindset. Resting is something not a lot of us like to do or make the time for, but it is so important.

When was the last time you really gave yourself time to relax and focus on what’s important? When was the last time you neglected your other responsibilities to prioritize your relationship with God? When was the last time you said no to a social event, a night out, etc. to allow yourself time to rest?

I try to ask myself these questions often. I force myself to think realistically about how I actually spend my time, not how I think I spend my time. I can be quick to think I balance my day quite easily, but I sometimes have to take a step back and reevaluate my schedule. I encourage you to do the same to see which areas you could spend more time in and the areas you could devote less time to.

Sit down with God this week and ask him for help, guidance, and rest. You won’t experience that peace you receive from minimizing the madness until you do so. Make it a priority instead of putting it on the backburner. You’ll not only find quiet in the madness but get closer to God in the process!

– Chelsea