I’ve been a recovering work-aholic for many years now. About 14 years ago, my schedule was such that I was on an airplane flight every single week, preaching at multiple services, teaching at a Christian college, and present at the early morning prayer service at 5am every day (except Sunday). So, when people think I’m busy now, I just laugh and say, “Not really…”
Busyness isn’t my problem. After nearly 39 years of living life, I still haven’t learned to rest well…
And as a result, I just need to get away to uncoil. And while it was a short amount of time, the family and I got away for 24 hours right after church. It’s been an intense couple weeks that I’ll share more about later but it was good to get away.
- Be reminded of your love for your family.
- Be reminded of God’s love for me.
- Breathe some more.
No phone or internet. And that was nice. But did manage to take couple snaps. I love the picture above. Just laid down and stared at the clouds above…
I know that I’m doing so much better in comparison to my workaholic tendencies – especially compared to my years past. But even though I’m not working as much, I know that I need to learn to rest well.
Does that make sense?
The staff at our church are encouraged to go on a day retreat once/month and I haven’t been very faithful with that. Need to rest well.
We’re all busy and have responsibilities…
so what do you do to ‘rest well?’
Jesus often if not always went away to rest, pray, and reflect. I think it’s clear that Jesus was busy, sought after, tempted, pulled in numerous directions, and clearly on a very important world and cosmic changing vision but he always took time to rest.
As often as possible Jesus withdrew to out-of-the-way places for prayer. (Luke 5:16/The Message)
And so, I have to think:
If Jesus – fully God who also chose to be fully human – saw that it was good and necessary to rest – how much more do we need to withdraw to out of the way places for prayer, rest, and reflection?