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Are you caught in the tumultuous whirlwind of work and busyness, feeling more burned out than ever?
“Return, O my soul, to your rest” – these words from Psalm 116:7 remind us of our need to slow down and appreciate the blessings around us. This episode of The Lion with Dennis explores the significance of rest and surrender, not just in our physical sleep patterns, but also in our spiritual lives. We take a step back in time, before the invention of the light bulb, exploring how our ancestors rested without the constant connectivity we now live with. We unpack how this constant availability, especially in industries like manufacturing, affects our ability to truly rest.
Welcome to the Lion with Dennis, a podcast serving Christian men who are hungry to be the leaders, and got to attend you to be. I’m your host, chris Granger. Let’s jump in. All right, guys, it’s your spiritual kickoff of the week. I’m excited to be here. I absolutely I’m just going to be full confession, guys. I love the SKOs. I think they’re just so fun. They’re something that when we started the Lion with Dennis, it was just in my heart. You know what we’re going to kick off every week digging into God’s Word. We can see about a download that you guys like it. So, look, let’s just dig into the word together. Let’s see how we can simplify and apply scripture to our life. That’s what it’s all about. Okay, so now we’re in the book of Psalms this week, the book of Psalms, chapter 116. We’re going to be just looking at one verse though verse seven. Okay, 116,. Verse seven return to your rest, o, my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you, so I love this one. This is going to be just such a phone for me in particular, even with this week leading into the things we’re going to be talking about on the show. This verse is so important for us to think about. Okay, the first thing we need to know is where is the book of Psalms? Right? We don’t want to just overlook stuff, guys. So, again, this is Old Testament. Go back to you should, about midway of your Bible, flip back a little bit to the left, sometimes You’ll find the book of Psalms. All in all, there are 150 of them. Okay, this is getting towards the end where they kind of get a little bit shorter, so you’ll get, you know, two thirds of the way through you’ll find this one. Okay, around 116. So great way to dig into God’s word and, depending on the season of life that you’re in, there are really some wonderful different Psalms out there that you can just open up, help you with this, nourish you to give you wisdom, give you discernment, give you encouragement, whatever that is you’re looking for. But that Psalm 116 is actually a Psalm of Thanksgiving. Okay, so that’s what we’re going to be exploring here together today, this Psalm of Thanksgiving.
I want to really pull this out, this one out, because there’s an idea that’s floating around in society and floating around in our communities, all around us, and that idea is around burnout. Guys, you’re running so busy, you’re so busy. Let’s think about the typical answer you get from anyone regarding on what’s going on in life or how things are going. Hey man, how things going for you? You get the same response oh man, busy, oh good, but busy, bro. You know what I’m talking about. And we often equate busy with what Effective we’re getting things done. And it’s too often when we start thinking about busy, so much stuff gets sacrificed and then we end up making that idol how to be in busy? Right, because really, let’s just think about this for a second Busy is the first cousin to burnout. That’s real. That’s just real talk. I’m telling you, busy leads to burnout and we have to recognize that there’s a danger right here. That danger is pulling at all of us. Okay, now I want to pull you back for a second.
Let’s go think about a little history lesson. You know I like checking out history from time to time. My wife absolutely loves history. But think about this let’s go back before the light bulb. Before we had that invention of light bulb, right Before Edison invented it, we didn’t have the light bulb. Before then, what dictated when we would get up and when we would go to work? The sun, that would dictate, hey, time to go to work, the sun would come up and guess what? And the sun said we’d stop working, we’d come inside right, and you would be.
When you start doing this research, I found out before the invention of the light bulb, that average person slept 11 hours a night. Now for you guys to just ran off the road, pull the truck back on the road, 11 hours a night. Think about that for a second. How much do you get? I don’t know about you, fellas, but for most people I talk to, if they feel like they, if they get six, that’s a solid night. Bro, like bro, I got six hours last night. Think about this, though the way that the sun was God again God. He designed the days right, the days and the night. He set this up.
Yet we don’t listen to it. No, not too long ago, we were sleeping 11 hours a night, and even the best minds, the ones that want to get up and really make a huge impact they just got up early, but they still went to bed early. They got that 11 hours. So even if they got up early, they were still sleeping eight or nine hours. That’s the last time you slept for eight or nine hours, I don’t know, maybe some of you guys do, but I know for me usually when I talk to guys it’s about four to six is about the average that I listen to. That I hear from guys right, and I’m telling you, start thinking about the actual world we live in now from a connection standpoint. Because you had light bulb, I didn’t have electricity in all the homes. Now we have what we have the internet, and we had the internet right now that we can literally be connected 24 7365 with people all around the world. All over the world we can literally work in our homes and not stop, not stop all the time.
I Do a lot of work in the manufacturing sector, did been doing it for years. I love people working manufacturing most of these plants, particularly the ones that are in demand, they were 24 7365. These machines don’t operate themselves. Now my dad, he works in a plant. They he’s still worse in a plant.
But the longest time growing up he was on third shift. What did that mean? I mean he’d go in around midnight and get off about eight in the morning. That third shift. I mean just think about a couple of generations before that, not even a possibility, and now this is the reality for so many people. You know. Think about overtime, how many people were not just 40 hours, 60, 70, 80, 100 plus hours a week. It’s so crazy.
And here’s the deal got. Think about this for a second. They evil one. He wants us to be busy, he wants us to be tired, distracted, isolated and, quite frankly, he’s winning, he’s doing a good job of that and so many others. Because we, if we actually think about our days, there’s just no time, there is no margin. So we need to turn to God’s word and we need to see what he desires, right because and we, when we do that in this one verse, right here, we see that he desires his children to rest. That’s and that’s missed by us, by us so often. Just rest.
I Start thinking about our little ones. We have here, you know, have a two-year-old and at the time of this, recording Judas getting ready to turn one. And those little guess what? That nap time is so important to them every day and it’s important to back up. Okay, let’s just be real, but that time is important. It’s really important to nurse them, right the nurse, to get their bodies rested back up, to let them enjoy the rest of your day. And you can definitely tell, if you’ve ever been around toddlers, when they get tired they get cranky, they get irritable, they’re just not a lot of fun to be around. But then I’m noticed, particularly with my old, with Lily, when she gets up from her nap, oh man, she’s energized, she’s bouncing, she’s ready to go. And just that little intentional act of rest, it’s so crucial to their well-being.
But we tend, as we grow up, we think that you know what, that that rest isn’t needed. We don’t need to do that. No, we’re gonna deprotize that rest because, maracus, see, I’m a grown-up now, I don’t need that rest. Well, I just need you know what I need, Chris, I just need more time of the day. That’s all I need. I just need more time of the day. No, bro, that’s not it.
Right here it tells us in God’s word, our heavenly father desires so much more for us, because look at this verse closer it tells us that he has dealt Bound to filly with us. That’s it, I. His love is kindness. That’s with us yesterday. It’s gonna be with us today. And good Lord Willan and the Creek going to rise and we wake up tomorrow. It’s gonna be with us tomorrow.
That’s just the way it is, fellas, I’m here to tell you and he is gonna never, ever depart from us, because it is so easy to let the words of the world just constantly weigh us down, pull us down. It’s like an anchor right, it’s constantly pulling at us and you guys have so many plates and you’re managing 10 or 12 plates and you’re out there you’re trying to balance them all and we can think that we can never, ever possibly take a day off. And I get it, man, I’m telling you, since we moved out here to the little farm we’re at now, there’s always stuff to do, and this is something me and my wife we struggle with, because you’re trying to figure out how in the world are you gonna get things done? How can I possibly finish? In reality, there’s always something to do, but we start thinking about it versus like this, god’s desires it’s for us, and to take that rest. And you know what it’s a struggle. And if you’re struggling with this right now, this idea, this concept, I encourage you just to cling to God’s word. Just cling to it and remember that he clearly tells us that he desires this rest for us, and maybe that’s a step of obedience you have to take. Maybe this is an area of struggle for you. And you know what, if I were to start intentionally removing some of the noise from my calendar and from my life, that would be just a great intentional step to actually move towards walking in this verse and resting in the Lord. And that could be hard, right, and it’s easy, dude, it’s so easy. Oh, you could listen. There’s so many podcasts out there. You could literally listen to this podcast and me talk about the importance of rest and how scripture tells us we need to rest and how we need to avoid burnout and all these things going on in our life. You could easily, right now, when this podcast is done huh, that was cool.
What’s up next? You can move on right, or, or you can move, take one intentional action right now Stop, look at your calendar and walk out some time to spend what you’re heavenly father. Is it on your calendar? If someone were to pull your calendar up right now, would they be able to see a distinguishable difference between you and the rest of the world? Or does your calendar just look like this meeting disappointment? You know we’re blocking this that time for this and that, whatever it may be, for kids or sports or things like that. Do they see anywhere on that calendar where you’re truly blocking out time? Just spend with the father and, if not, go ahead and do that. Let that be a way that you can learn right now on how to actually take an action right now, rather to move forward with purposeful intent around this idea of rest.
The Tony Fellows is gonna change everything about everything. When you start thinking about it this way, when we start recognizing this is not the way God designed us to be. We’re not supposed to be in this constant state of tension and meeting, the meeting, the meeting, the meeting, and worry, and you know, just constant of a constant struggle of keeping up with our calendars and our busy lives. That’s just not what he desires for us. Because if all we can carve out is maybe five minutes in the morning or 10 minutes in the morning maybe you’re older than now and you carve out a half hour in the morning If that’s all we can get is that little bit of time with him, he desires more. He desires more. So what can you do right now? What action do you need to take right now to avoid that burnout, to avoid that missed opportunity of growth with God, because with all the noise happening, everything is chirping at you, all the people, the notifications, all the things that are flying at you. How are you gonna be able to receive that message from him If you never can slow down and cut it off and listen? So hopefully this serves you well, fellas. I’m telling you the episode that’s coming up on Wednesday. You guys are gonna absolutely love it.
This gentleman talks about sabbatical rest, what it looks like, and he gives a lot of practical advice. So maybe this is one that’s speaking to you this morning. I encourage you to go read Psalm 116, spend more time in it. Don’t let it just be the time you spend here with us on the line with Dennis. Go spend that time with him yourself.
Okay, now for you guys out there who have not surrendered your life to the worship of Christ you’re here for a reason I don’t know why. Maybe you’re just curious. You wanna see what this line with Dennis things all about. Maybe you thought the line was good and you get here and you hear this old guy in North Carolina talking about Jesus. You’re like what in the world? But for some reason you’re still listening. And if you are, and you’ve never accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Well, you wanna take this opportunity today just to invite you and at least share with you the good news.
I can’t do any saving. The Holy Spirit does the saving. All I can do is be obedient and for the line with Dennis and the platform we’ve built, and prayerfully, good, lord willing. That’s the stuff that God is moving and will continue to move with us here. We’re gonna be super intentional every week about just sharing gospel, the gospel salvation that’s waiting for you.
Because I’m hearing if you’re listening to this episode in particular, you maybe should be tired. You’re looking for some ideas on how to rest better, and I’m gonna tell you, the only piece you’re ever gonna find this side of heaven is the peace found when you surrender your life to the Lordship of Christ. You’re not gonna find it. Peace on earth is the most rare commodity out there, fellas. It ain’t gold or silver or anything. Titanium, none of that stuff. Peace of mind, and it’s available. It’s truly available when you surrender to Him and it starts with openly emit out the gate that you’re a sinner, just I’m a sinner. I never need a Savior, we don’t need a coach, we don’t need nope, none of that stuff. You’re not a cupcake, you’re not a snowflake, you’re not a skittle, no, you’re a sinner need of a Savior. That’s reality. Once you truly recognize that, you know a sin is nothing more than anything that separates us from God. That’s it, okay. I’m a sinner need of a Savior Okay, what do I need to understand next?
Well, you need to believe that Jesus is the Son of God and he is the only way. There’s no other name under heaven that’s forgiven among men, by which we must be saved. That is it. It is Jesus, okay, and he came on a rescue mission for you, whoever you are listening right now. He came for you directly from heaven to provide a path to salvation for you that no one else can feel. There’s no work you can do, there’s no good works or anything like that you can do to actually overcome the void that we have and what’s sin? Because we serve a holy and righteous God. Well, chris, I’m good compared to my neighbor, compared to these people? Well, yeah, that’s right. Compared to them, you may be okay, but compared to our holy and righteous God, we all fall short. And it just tells us we are all far shorter to glory of God. I’m telling you, it is this, guys. I’m just delivered. This is just the way it is.
But you need to believe that Jesus is the Son of God and he went to that cross. He died for you, he died for me, for the whole the sins of the world. He died from all. They laid Him in a cross and he resurrected. He overcame death and right now he is the way, he is the path, he is the gate, he is the shepherd, he is the way, the truth, the life. Guys, there’s no other name. That’s it. He ascended, he’s sending Him next to God right now in His right hand, and no one gets to the Father except through Him.
So you have to truly believe that in your heart, not like reading you know Narnia or some you know a fictional book. No, believe that we serve a living Savior, not a dead man. That tomb is empty. And then, once you do that, you have to confess to the Lord of your life, everything. This means your bedroom, your finances, your career, your future, your kids, your marriage, whatever it is, your money, all of it. He’s got to be Lord over it all, not just certain pieces. Well, I want Jesus over here because I could really use him over here, but I’m doing pretty well over here.
It don’t work that way. You have to surrender it all. And once you’ve surrendered it all and get to that point of I can’t do this, god, I’m surrendering my life to you. At that moment the Holy Spirit’s going to come, it’s going to dwell and you’ll be guiding and directed from that moment forward by the Holy Spirit. Then you just have to take steps of obedience and listen and obey. That’s the hard part, guys. That sounds fellas, that obedience.
So if you’ve never surrendered your life to the Lordship of Christ today’s day, what are you waiting on? You don’t need any big ceremonies or things like that. No Day could be the perfect day. The day is that you’re listening to this show to surrender your life to the Lordship of Christ. So if you’re ready to make that step, let’s pray together. So follow just.
Thank you for today, thank you for your word for the goodness of the gospel, and I just pray for that one listener. Right now it’s on that point of making a decision. I pray you be with them. I pray you give them encouragement. I pray they take that step of obedience to follow you. And by taking that step of obedience, father, I just pray you give them peace, give them assurance, give them comfort the only thing that could come from you, from the Holy Spirit, that they can move forward knowing that there’s that, from this point forward, their salvation is found in you. So, father, I pray again that you guide and direct them, that you put people around them. It’s going to help garden them up. I pray you put a hedge protection that’s going to keep them from the attacks of the evil one as they’re growing, as they’re learning about you.
Thank God, and I’m so thankful for this opportunity to just bring this. One wants To, knowing I have a personal connection and relationship with you. We pray all this according to your will in Christ’s name, amen, all right, so if you just accept the Christ as your Savior, congratulations. I’d love to connect with you again. Send me an email, chris, at the lion with N, that us. I want to send you some free resources, also want to get you connected and see if we can help you find a church body, because you can’t do this alone. You would never be disconnected from a body, right? That would just be weird, like if you’re your foot, if your hand fell off, we got a problem, you go to the hospital. Get that thing put back on right. You can’t do this separated from a body, guys, so need to connect with me. Send me an email. We’ll love to send you some resources and try to get you connected in a gospel preaching, bible, believing church. That is most important, okay, so here’s support you guys with that again.
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