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A Time for Rest

A Time for Rest

October 2, 2007 by  
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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 angela@wgts919.com if you’re interested in the title.


5 Responses to “A Time for Rest”
  1. Lorraine Hirsch says:

    Hi Angela!

    I just spent a week moving to another apartment, and believe me, this Sabbath was a real blessing to me. With aching muscles, and high stress level, it’s all I needed to rejuvenate for the coming week. Thanks for some great advice, Angela! Keep it up!

  2. chantal says:

    Angela, you got a point. We need rest!

  3. Chuck Pryor says:

    Boundries my friend… boundries. Take it from a former work-o-holic.


  4. Julia says:

    I am interested in the book you were talking about, please tell me more.

  5. Britney says:

    Hey, Angela. I agree completly with what you said. It’s so important to take time out to rest and refresh. It’s easy to lose focus of what’s important if you don’t stop and relax now and then. My in-laws are caught on that crazy cycle now of not having had a break in so long. I feel bad for them. I pray that they can take time soon to take a break and refresh their souls.

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