Experts say we have a sleep debt bigger than the national debt. An estimated 24,000 people die every year in car accidents caused by sleep deprivation and fatigue. Studies have found that people who don’t get enough rest show a similar reaction time to people who are legally drunk.

Not getting enough rest makes life very hard. It is hard to be patient when you’re tired. It’s hard to be compassionate when you’re tired. It’s hard to follow Jesus when you are tired. Half a century ago, pastor Vance Havner said, “Never have I preached to so many tired people as now.” Did you know that Jesus got tired too? He got worn down. And today He wants to show us how to rest. He knows how tired we are. And He is inviting us to lay our heavy burden down and find rest.

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