I have lived in this world long enough to see all kinds of “pressure” in life. Outside pressure, self-inflicted pressure, worldly pressure and “Christian” pressure. When I was younger, in school, living at home, there were definitely pressures to “perform”, to do well in school, or in church….a “push” to conform and to not “stand out” too much in the crowd. “Don’t call attention to yourself”, was how I was raised.
Over the years, I’ve seen this “pressure” pendulum swing to the other direction. “You are a shining star!”, this idea of individualism to this extent and to be “different”, has now reached a forefront of our society to the point of being “pressured” into purposefully needing and feeding on the “calling of attention” to ourselves. (I think there is a balance between the two extremes.)
Believe it or not, I was alive before the internet and social media! I have, first hand, seen how this social media world has put undue “pressure” on our society to “be”, to “do”, to “have” or to “have done”…the “look at me, I have it all together” idea. I can only imagine how that affects our young people today! I certainly know how this world affects me and my thoughts! It’s a daily battle to not want to live in that perfect “Pinterest” place and to wonder how I can “be”, “do”, and “become” all that is now expected of me because of this “social” connection with the world. The “expectations” now given to being a person, a woman, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, or even as a believer, puts all kinds of undesired “pressure” on every person that walks this earth!
Yes, even in the “church” we are placed under so much “pressure” to be, to do, to give, to (you insert) according to those who determine what we should do or how we should live. But, of all places, the church should be the last place those types of “pressures” should come!
Scripture tells us that Jesus says, “my yoke is easy and my burden is light”, this doesn’t sound like “pressure” to me! Jesus’ promise in Matthew 11 is that if we who are weary and burdened (and who isn’t?) come to Him, He will give me rest!
Do I believe this? Do I realize the rest that is available to me? Do I look at what has been done by Christ so that I am able to hand over these “pressures” of weariness and burdens?
Certainly, I don’t know if these worldly pressures of life, in this day and age, will pass or let up, but I do know that when we feel those “pressures” either inflicted by ourselves or by the world outside, we do have a place to go that is free of pressure! We can go to the foot of the cross and lay the weary and burdensome pressures down and REST in His having done and His saying “it is finished”.
Come weary saint, pressured by the daily social calls and comparisons, exhale the pressures you have held within and come to Christ and rest!