Thou Shalt Rest

relaxingI read somewhere recently that on the seventh day God created naps…or something like that. Seriously, in the natural, we need to rest our minds and bodies.  The mind must rest!  A person can go to sleep at night and still be under such stress that his mind is still active the entire night.

We can find true peace through Jesus.  Reading and praying the scriptures on peace, quiet and rest that I complied in my last post can help get your mind to slow down.

There’s so much that could be said on this subject, but I will just briefly share with you what I have learned. There is a balance to everything. I tend to have a disregard for weariness and keep pushing myself, which is not wise. Others may have issues with procrastination. Either end of the spectrum can throw our lives out of balance.

And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. Genesis 2:2-3 NKJV

I like to glean from the wisdom the Lord offers to us concerning taking one day a week to really rest. He did it by example, and even said to not work on the Sabbath (Exodus 20:8-11). Yet I have had to get a balance in even this. For example, we definitely do “physical labor” on Sundays, helping to run a church. In addition to that, parents do not get a break once a week from their kids! Someone may need me, so I am not going to get religious and tell my son that I will not give him a bath if he accidentally fell in the mud.

We like to take Sundays after church to nap, read, spend time with the kids, and watch movies. I try not to cook, but opt for prepared foods instead. Again, I’m not religious about it. If I feel like making muffins, then I will. I usually don’t do chores, ‘cuz hey, I’m resting. So I have a little extra dishes on Mondays. So what?

Yet, if we feel like we can’t stop working for a day because there is just too much to be done, it is yet another opportunity to trust Him with our responsibilities.  We can be assured that if we are obedient to His word and trusting Him then we will be blessed. Studies have shown that we are more productive if we take one day to rest. The same wisdom is applicable to not working every moment of the day.

Do You Want to Be Productive?

  1. Keep a time log to find out where your time is being spent and make adjustments if you are being wasteful.
  2. Break for 15 minutes during the day to let your mind rest. If you have kids, take three breaks. Just sayin’!
  3. Start each day with a plan and a reminder to work during work and quit when it’s time to stop.
  4. Take a day of rest every week, being diligent to keep work out of it, while also being flexible if necessary.

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