Rest

Humility is an excellent antidote for fatigue. Christ Jesus indicated this centuries ago, and the prescription has never been improved upon. He showed what was needed to restore the weary and the heavy-laden. While he promised he would give them rest, he also told them that they needed to learn something. "Learn of me," he said; "for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."

Henry Drummond once remarked upon "the extraordinary originality of this utterance," the novelty of the connection between the two words "learn" and "rest." "How few of us," he says, "have ever associated them—ever thought that rest was a thing to be learned; ever laid ourselves out for it as we would learn a language; ever practiced it as we would practice the violin." But what must one work at? he goes on to ask. What is it which, if duly learned, will steep the restless human heart in rest? Jesus answers without the slightest hesitation. He specifies just two things: meekness and lowliness of heart.

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