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NASCAR Stress & Rest

Posted on Friday, November 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

I sat in traffic this morning as people raced to work.  Drivers jockeying for position.  Leveraging a moment in time to jump ahead of another driver.  Some guy in a Mazda had a really had a great trip but “he got bumped off the pole” by the guy in the BMW who was a bit faster.

Another guy — apparently not in the hurry others were in must have been — blocking the flow of traffic.  I can envision him telling his buddies later at work that he “gave him a little rub” and passed him by. 1

The stress of navigating traffic is exhausting, and that’s before the work day has even begun. 

As Jesus Christ said, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.“2

Here’s a refreshing and rest-filling song by Needtobreathe that helps me rest too.

“Lay ‘Em Down” 3

Come down to the river
Come and let yourself in
Make good on a promise
To never hurt again
If you’re lost and lonely
Broken down
Bring all of your troubles
Come lay ’em down

All you sinners
And the weak at heart
All the helpless
On the boulevards
Wherever you are now
Whatever evil you’ve found
Bring all of your troubles
Come lay ’em down

We’re all tied to the same old failings
Finding shelter in things we know
We’re all dirty like corrupted small towns
We’ll bring our troubles
Bring our troubles
And lay ’em down

All you rich men
And the high above
All of those with
And without love
All you burdened
And broken down
Bring all of your troubles
Come lay ’em down
Come lay ’em down
Come lay ’em down
Come lay ’em down

(Come lay ’em down) Come all you broken
(Come lay ’em down) Come all you helpless
(Come lay ’em down) Bring all your burdens
(Come lay ’em down) Just lay ’em down
(Come lay ’em down) Come all you broken
(Come lay ’em down) Come all you helpless
(Come lay ’em down) Bring all your troubles
(Come lay ’em down) Come lay ’em down

Come lay ’em down
Come lay ’em down
Come lay ’em down

1 – NASCAR terms courtesy of http://nascar.about.com/library/glossary/blglossary.htm

2 – http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2011:28-30&version=MSG

3 – http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/needtobreathe/layemdown.html

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