- a light snack or drink, especially one provided at a public place or event.
- the giving of fresh mental or physical energy and strength.
Now as much as I enjoy the first type of refreshment, what I’m most interested in as a pastor is the second type of refreshment. Here’s why. I’ve been a pastor for 19 years and based on my experiences working with people, it seems like people are more tired now than ever before.
So I did a bit of digging and here’s what I discovered:
According to a recent article Why are millennials tired all the time? “If you’re a millennial (ages 22 to 37) and you often find yourself on the brink of exhaustion, rest assured that you’re not alone. A quick Google search for ‘millennial’ and ‘tired’ reveals dozens of articles proclaiming that millennials are, in fact, the Tired Generation. In fact, the General Social Survey says that young adults are now twice as likely to experience constant exhaustion than they were 20 years ago.”
They go on to say that the four main reasons for this are technology takeover, a hustle culture, money worries and poor coping strategies.
Add these up and you have an entire generation of people who feel tired and exhausted most of the time.
But it’s not just millennials who are feeling tired.
In an article Why are you so tired? they said that “Many older adults feel fatigued—and often cite this pervasive feeling of tiredness as the main reason they limit their activity.” The reasons they give for this are anxiety, stress and boredom.
So it’s true. Whether its younger adults or older adults everyone is feeling tired.
As a Pastor not only does this concern me, but as I consider this from a biblical worldview, it leads me to two conclusions:
First, if what the Bible says is true - that God created a good and perfect universe that was infected by human sin - then could it be that one of the cumulative effects of sin on our world is exhaustion.
Second, the Bible also says God’s answer to our sin is the gospel. This means the good news of Jesus Christ includes refreshment for tired and exhausted people.
So maybe the very words of Jesus are more relevant than ever, “Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”[i]
May we turn to Jesus and find the rest we so desperately need.
[i] Matthew 11:28 New International Version