Do you struggle to feel rested?
In a former life I was a youth director. My weekends were filled with playing silly games and corralling over-caffeinated teenagers, praying with young men and women whose hearts had just been broken, and helping them discern their gifts and talents. It was a blast! My summers were filled with road trips to water parks, mission trips and Six Flags, which meant that I have a lot of experience driving 15-passenger vans. As with most churches, our vans were not the newest models, and most of them required a certain degree of finesse to get them moving in the right direction. Mostly, I enjoyed the challenge. One of the vans, though, was an absolute nightmare to drive. It literally floated down the highway, the wheels were way out of alignment and there was so much play in the steering that it felt like you were steering a tugboat rather than an automobile. Every trip in that van was an exhausting experience simply because it took so much work to keep it moving in the right direction. Driving a car that is out of alignment isn’t fun.
The same can be said about life. Sometimes, life can be exhausting. Some days, it seems that we are pulled in so many different directions and forced to weigh so many different options that it is emotionally, spiritually and physically exhausting. Sometimes, we find ourselves feeling this way for not just a day, but for entire seasons of life, as we constantly put out fires, move in different directions or even try to balance conflicting values. Living this way takes a toll on our spiritual and emotional well-being, our relationships and our health.
The solution? Alignment. Just like that old van, if the components of our life are not moving in the same direction, we will feel the battle of a life that is out of alignment. Jesus began his ministry with a mission statement. We find it in his first sermon preached in his hometown of Nazareth: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4: 18-19)
And that’s what he did. Every story, every parable recorded in scripture points back to this mission. Jesus led the most significant movement in history because every ounce of his energy was in alignment with his divine purpose.
Alignment is powerful. Whether you are leading an organization, a family, or simply your own life, ask yourself this question: Do my actions align with my purpose? Does my schedule align with my mission? Does my mission align with God?