20 Sep 2018 Work and Rest
by Brandon Shuman |
I had the opportunity to take a sabbatical during the months of July and August. I don’t exaggerate when I say that my sabbatical was the best thing I have ever done for my soul. One of the insights my family and I gained from this experience is the importance of working hard and resting well.
With everything I try to accomplish in a given week, “working hard” seems to come more naturally to me than “resting well.” My tendency is to disengage after a period in which I worked hard, but I have realized that disengaging is not the same as resting. Resting well takes just as much (if not more) intentionality as working hard. Resting well requires me to slow my activities and thoughts enough to hear God communicate to me. Resting well helps me replace the lies I believe about myself with God’s truth and allows space for my heart, mind, body, and circumstances to catch up with each other. Resting well involves introspection, and it takes effort.
Resting well requires me to slow my activities and thoughts enough to hear God communicate to me.
Disengagement, for me, is mostly hitting the ‘off’ switch. I’m not saying disengagement is a bad thing, since we all need to simply relax sometimes, but once I reengage, I find myself in the same place I was before. Sometimes I even find myself in a worse place because I’m not taking the necessary time to process my life, and then things start to build up.
For me to rest well, I must slow down enough to hear God speak to me. As He speaks, I’m reminded that true rest and hope is found in His presence. “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him.” (Psalm 62:5)
Wherever you find yourself today, I hope this encourages you to find true rest. God is not asking any of us to work harder and earn His favor. He is inviting each of us to find rest in His presence and to work as an expression of worship. I’m thankful for the beautifully different view of work and rest we can have in Jesus.
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