Everyone needs it, few gets it, a handful wants it.
Our lives have now become so achievement based and fast – paced that the idea of rest now seems so foreign to us. We itch whenever we sit down and relax; we feel as if there’s something wrong with us if we’re not working.
Our productivity equates to the number of meetings we have, the number of friends that we’ve hung out with, the number of proposals that we’ve submitted, the number of places that we’ve been too, and so on. It’s like what we do defines us, and if we start to take a break from what we’re doing, we lose value of who we are.
The work frenzy of our society has enslaved us to it. This may sound ridiculous to the people of this “free world” but the sad truth is that people who do not rest are enslaved by work. Whether you do it because you love it or because it pays the bills, as long as you’re not resting you’re a slave of your activities.
Our bodies were wired to work six days and rest on the seventh. And once we refuse to live according to that design we become tired, irritable, burnt out, and even reaches the point of making us lose our sense of purpose in our lives.
The world has definitely changed and it has shaped us to face different kinds of challenges, whenever a huge workload comes or if we need to sit down with people we’re all set, armed, and ready to pull an all-nighter just to finish the task. But when we’re asked to rest, we step on the brakes and say, “you want me to do what?”
We are all designed to rest, some people might say that they just have no time to rest. But the reality is, resting isn’t just about not having enough time to do it. Even when we’re on our beds our brains are still at work thinking of the next task that we need to accomplish. Resting is more of a trust issue – trusting that we are originally designed to rest. That even if we’re resting we don’t need to worry about anything because our designer will take care of everything. That the world will still keep on turning even if we’re resting. That it’s okay if we rest, because we have been invited to enter the Father’s rest.
If you feel like you haven’t been resting physically, emotionally, or mentally enter the Father’s rest. Intentionally. And He will definitely give your overworked and weary body (and soul) rest.
“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”
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