A Time for Rest
There is a time for everything. A time to work and a time to rest. I’ve always gotten the time to work part, but have struggled with the time to rest. I’ve been taught to work my whole life. Work hard in school you’ll get into college. Work hard in college you’ll get a good job. Work hard at your job you’ll get promoted and on and on and on. Slowly I bought into the idea that you work hard now so you can play later. But later never comes.
Not anymore. I’m tired of burnout. I’m tired of not enjoying my life. I’m tired of being out of balance, promising myself I’ll rest when it’s all done. Rest is part of life. It’s like breathing. You inhale, then you exhale. You need both to live. Work was meant to be enjoyed but it can’t be when it becomes your master. And even our Master rested. That’s what I’m beginning to learn.
God built into our lives a time to rest. This concept is often referred to as Sabbath. But Sabbath doesn’t have to refer exclusively to a specific religious practice, I believe it’s a much bigger concept than that. Exodus 31:17 says “In six days the Lord made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed.” In this passage, the word for “refreshed,” vaiynafesh, literally means “God exhaled.”
We all need time to exhale in our lives, whether that’s a day an hour a week or an evening. I personally choose to “exhale” one day every week, and it’s amazing how much my life has improved since I’ve chosen to do so. If this is something that resonates with you I challenge you to try taking a sabbath hour, evening, or even day, then see how much your quality of life improves.
There’s a great book I’m reading that explores this concept a little further. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in the title.