Are you ever overwhelmed by your growing list of commitments and the general busyness of life? Many of us lead lives that are bustling and incredibly full, yet in the Scriptures, God has clearly modeled the act of resting. God wants us to be reminded that rest is equally important. How do we learn to carefully choose our commitments and avoid being consumed by a “never stop” mentality?
I’m chatting with my sister, Priscilla Shirer about the importance of rest, and the Biblical portrayal in which God demonstrates a component of His character, by resting. In Genesis 2:2, the Word states, “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.” God, at the capstone of His creation, rested; not because He was tired and needed to, but to showcase that we must build-in times to intentionally, slow down, and listen for God’s voice. But in an already jam-packed schedule, what strategies do we cultivate and put into play, to learn repose?
Your first step is to check-in with yourself. Consider all your responsibilities and activities and ask if this particular thing/task is worth whatever the cost is. Priscilla and I discuss other practical action steps that help establish and create rhythms of rest in your daily life. Learning to say “no” takes an immense amount of courage, but it also offers margin and at times, even creates opportunities for others to say “yes”.
Not sure how to make room in your life? Feel like by resting you are not actively achieving? Think about this — Rest, itself, is an achievement. Priscilla and I hope to help you think about the beauty of rest in your life in this fun, interesting, and encouraging sister chat captured on audio. Enjoy!
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