Even God rested on the 7th day!

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Five reasons to rest without guilt

Confession: I’m really great at “taking it easy”.

Blame it on chronic health issues that sap my energy, so that I pretty much have to cut myself slack. Eight hours of sleep are mandatory, and naps are not a luxury, but a necessity. And try as I might, I just can’t go-go-go and do everything I would like.

So, I rest. And of course, I try really hard to be productive and efficient the remainder of the time, because I too feel the pressure to keep up.

But maybe for you, resting is harder to justify. You’re feeling the pressure to get work done, feed your family, plus all the other self-inflicted demands (look great, outdo the neighbors, keep up with five different tv shows…). There’s only 24 hours in a day, and you’re supposed to rest at least 1/3 of that, but you feel guilty about it when there are still so many things to be accomplished.

Slow down for a minute, though. Is your world really going to come crashing down if you take a nap? Or might your life function better once you’re rested?

In the end, it doesn’t matter who you are. We ALL need rest! We don’t feel bad about eating enough food, or drinking enough water, right? So why do we feel guilty for getting enough sleep?

Even God rested!!!

Seriously, God did not design us to work 24-7. Much to the contrary, He wants us to be still, to slow down and spend time with Him, to enjoy the life He’s given us, and be refreshed and renewed.

As my blogger friend Taylor of Food Faith Fitness put it, “Let’s not look for worth in what the world tells us to DO, but what God designed us FOR to be better instruments for His use.”

So if you’ve been burning the candle at both ends, feeling like you can’t possible slow down because that would be lazy, or you still have ‘too much to do’, or you’re just ‘too busy’, here is why you should rest anyway.

Five Reasons to Rest, Without Guilt

  1. God rested on the seventh day! By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. (Genesis 2:2-3 NIV)
  2. Jesus rested too! (A lot!) There are many instances of Jesus either sleeping (like in the boat in Matthew 8:23-27), or going into the wilderness to pray (Luke 5:16, Mark 1:35), or withdrawing from the crowds to rest (Mark 6:30-32). Think about that. Jesus Christ’s ministry was of EPIC importance to the salvation of the world, and He was often followed by never-ending throngs of people wanting His attention, but He still made time for rest. I think you and should too.
  3. Rest is good self-care, and self-care is important. God gave each of us one body, and it’s up to us to take care of it, to keep it in good working order (as much as we possibly can), and use it well.
  4. You are a better person when you’re rested. No kidding, when you’ve slept enough at night, and given yourself enough down time to relax and rejuvenate, you’ll naturally find it easier to be kind, even-tempered, generous, and more.
  5. Proper rest refills your tank, so you can work hard, get more done in less time, and have more to give to others (in love, energy, and so forth).

Please, give yourself grace and permission to rest. You’ll feel so much better, and more able to give your best at everything you do.

Want to slow down, and spend more time with Jesus? You might enjoy this popular post about prayer.

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