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Exhausted Yet Pursuing

And Gideon came to the Jordan and crossed over, he and the 300 men who were with him, exhausted yet pursuing. — Judges 8:4, ESV

Exhausted yet pursuing.

What a phrase. It almost jumped off of the page at me.

Exhausted yet pursuing.

Do you feel exhausted? I’m sure that we could look around and justify why we are more exhausted than that person over there, and at the same time feel guilty because there is someone who is truly exhausted. It’s such a relative reality, completely dependent upon the outlook and perspective of each person.

So: are you exhausted? How are you doing? There are days when I wonder how I’m going to get one foot in front of the other, and yet it happens and I make it through. Exhaustion comes from living life with purpose, striving to do well. Exhaustion comes from life kicking us while we’re down. Exhaustion comes with our pursuit of Jesus, accepting the fact that Jesus’ yoke may be easy and his burden may be light, but he never says that the journey won’t be long.

But even though exhaustion sets in, would you rather spend yourself on something that actually matters or to be well rested, never having made a difference?

Hang in there. Exhaustion may have set in but the journey is worth it. Why? Because it’s with Jesus, and he is always worth it. Don’t give up. Keep pressing forward. Keep pursing.

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 3:12-14, ESV

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