What’s on your to-do list? At this point, you may be dreading all the things you have to do: pick up dinner, clean your house, call your parents, pay those bills, etc., etc. It doesn’t seem like there are enough hours in the day to do everything. The minute you check one thing off your list, three more things get added to it. In our world, everyone seems to be consistently busy. Everything MUST get done, but it never actually does. We never reach a healthy stopping point. How do you find rest in a life that is so chaotic?
No one knew the importance of rest more than Jesus. Luke 5:16 says, “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” With the weight of Jesus’s assignment, He knew he needed time to recalibrate and pray regularly. He would do this to keep His attention to the Father. He taught His disciples this same principle: “30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ 32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.” (Mark 6:30-36). The key to living an effective life is to both pray and serve. It’s important to pause and reflect to reconnect with heaven’s mission and mandate. This shifts your attention from activity to relationship.
To take a break:
- Evaluate what you have accomplished.
- Celebrate your victories.
- Learn from your mistakes.
- Check your future direction (Where are you going?).
To be most effective:
- Create time each week for you and your family.
- Identify time thieves and eliminate them from your schedule
- Spend quality time with the Lord, praying, fasting, listening, and reflecting on the Word.
When you recharge, you’re giving your best self to your assignment and to those around you. Think about it. If you never rest, everyone and everything is getting a tired, irritable version of you. When you are rested, you have more energy and your mind is sharper to do what needs to be done. There will always be things to do. The key to resting is not finishing your to-do list, but knowing when to stop and pick it back up tomorrow.
Matthew 11:28-30 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.