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Summary: American’s way of living tends to be at a breakneck pace, in the fast lane!

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Text) Mark 6:30-32

The word “weary” means to “feel fatigue.”

It is the natural result of labor and toil that reduces strength.

We tend to be members of the “fraternity of the fatigued.”

It is said the we are all in the “rat race” of life.

The problem with that is, even if you win, you are still just a rat!

Signs of Fatigue.

The old Datsun commercial of days gone by said, “We are driven!”

That’s us. Driven!

Someone has well said,

“We worship at our work. We work at our play. And we play at our worship.”

American’s way of living tends to be at a breakneck pace, in the fast lane!

Involved in everything that is thrown and/or comes our way.

And some proudly say, “But I would rather burn out than rust out.”

Well, my friend, either way you are out!

The signs of fatigue and weariness are easily seen:

In marriages that have gone stale

In Church services that are routine

In jobs that are mundane!

The Sources of Fatigue.

What are some of the culprits that weary us?

Primarily it’s Our life style:

The way we choose to live

The way we plan

The way we schedule

The way we work

The way we hurry here and there.

We wear on until we wear out!

The sinful society tends to sandblast our souls.

(A cute story of a first-grader who wondered why her father brought home a briefcase full of work every evening; Her mother explained, “Daddy has so much to do that he can’t finish it all at the office.” “Well, then,” asked the child innocently, “why don’t they put him in a slower group?”)

Oh but it can be hard to find a slower group.

Let’s list out some things that tend to Wear us down:

People, Luke 18:5.

There are some kinds of people that wear us down.

Trials, Hebrews 12:3.

There are some burdens that seem like they are more than we can bear.

Task, Galatians 6:9, 2 Thessalonians 3:13.

We may not get tired “of” God’s work, but all of can and do get tired “in” God’s work!

That is why the Lord told the Psalmist, “Be not weary in well-doing!”

Herein is the problem:

We have allowed ourselves to get under a burden, thus diminishing courage and hope.

Thereby causing us to faint and become despondent in the tasks of life and living.

It is a sad commentary when you consider that for everyone who “burns out” in the well doing of God’s work…

There are ten who just “back out.

As it were, “They turned back in the day of battle” Psalm 78:9.

Oh but never forget, that on the one you can depend…

He never wears out, gives up, faints nor quiets!

Most people today have a serious “wait problem”

There is no diet or exercise program to remedy this “wait problem”!

The American prayer tends to go something like this:

“Lord, give me patience. And I want them right now!”

It is seemly impossible for this generation, a generation which exists on:

Microwave dinners, instant potatoes, stove-top stuffing,


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