Choices. All day, every day, all around us. So much choice, in fact, that we often become paralyzed.
I have experienced option fatigue too many times in the last few years, and that was just when I was ordering at a restaurant. But option fatigue has now hit crisis levels… so tired of hearing opinions… so tired of left-leaning this and right-leaning that… So tired of, “do this and get rich quick!” and “follow this method to change” and much more…
We are a generation suffering from option fatigue.
Hundreds of television channels. Access to almost unlimited information on the Internet. Every form of entertainment and self-indulgent behavior available to me at all times.
How do we practice self-discipline and self-restraint in an age such as this?
And then this crazy media driven circus called the election… Self-restraint? Self-discipline? Taking responsibility? Acting like a leader? Not sure I’ve seen much of that. And these are the people running for the highest office in the land…
And then I look at my children. How are they going to learn it if they don’t have it modeled for them?
They do not know a world where they do not have immediate access to whatever television show they want, whenever they want it.
When I was growing up, if I had one show that I liked to watch, it only came on once a week for half an hour. When that show was finished, there was nothing I could do about it. The TV went off and I went outside.
How do I train my children to have self-control and self-discipline when they live in a world without restraint?
This might come off as a rant, but that’s not really my intention. I just wonder if we haven’t gone astray somewhere in the last few decades.
Check out this quote from an article on fastcompany.com
We make poorer decisions when we are tired. It’s caused by decision fatigue. The mind can only sort through so many options and make so many choices before it starts to run out of steam. That’s why impulse buys like candy bars and magazines at the checkout aisle in the grocery store can be hard to resist. We’ve exhausted all our good decision-making skills.
Do you feel like you are making good decisions lately? Do you feel like you are seeing things clearly? Are you tired?
Time to take a pause.
This is one my favorite verses in the whole Bible, spoken by Jesus himself;
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 NLT
Such good news. Such a refreshing thing to hear. Nobody trying to make anything great. Nobody trying to hide anything and get away with it. Just Jesus offering life and rest.
Perhaps the church could learn something from Jesus… Are we a place of rest for the weary? Is our yoke easy and light? Are we humble and gentle in heart?
We have the option to be a lot of things to the world in the days ahead. Let’s strive to be a place of rest for the weary just like Jesus…