“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” – John Lubbock
“Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax.” – Bryant McGill
“Come away with me, to a quiet place, and rest awhile” – Mark 6:31
Our culture has a problem with balance. Many of us work really hard – which is no doubt commendable – but to the point where we crave a 2 week vacation and fall into bed exhausted each night. Our workdays and are weekends are often strikingly different. Work 9-5, exercise, listen to the news during your chaotic commute, take care of the family and obligations, and before you know it Monday-Friday has flown by. The weekend comes and you decide to binge watch Netflix or put off your chores until Sunday. Moreover, this has caused us to run out of time and come up with a million excuses not to help out this person or show up at that volunteer event, or go to church or even just have a nice family dinner.
When Paul wrote his letter to the Colossians saying “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,” (Colossians 3:23) he didn’t give us a set of rules for how long we must work. He said what kind of work.
I don’t know about you, but I struggle to put my heart into something when I’m exhausted. I struggle to even be a semi-good person when I’m tired.
We’re at our best when we have energy. When we have peace of mind. The devil’s at his best when we are weak and frantic.
Take time each and every day. Find ways to rejuvenate yourself, even when it’s only for a short while. Sit and be still and know why you do what you do before you dive into another day.