Busyness and rest

Busyness is seen as a good thing–rest, not so much.  Some people forfeit their vacation-time for work.  Fast-paced societies see it as a sign of working hard, productivity and diligence. 

We keep ourselves busy with work, business, work in the community.  Keeping up with sports, music and other recreational activities.  It can leave one feeling drained when it goes on and on without time to rest.

Expectations mount.  There’s pressure to be a good spouse, a good son or daughter, a good father or mother, a good friend and community leader.  A good everything.  Been there before? 

It wears down the soul–not only physically but also emotionally and spiritually.  Afterward, it leaves one’s soul feeling lifeless with nothing to give.  You might come to a point where you feel like calling it quits.

When is it okay for one to admit that you need rest.  Rest for the soul is like a deer that craves for water by streams of water.

Rest.  No more errands to attend to.  No more trips to the grocery store to pick-up for the week or day.  No more driving to and from places.  No more work around the house. The list of things-to-do at the house, family, church, can be long.  You long for this to come to an end.

When does one realize that it’s okay to rest?  Rest is a spiritual time to rejuvenate one’s life.  That’s why rest can also be called “re-creation”, but instead, we add recreation to our busyness.  At rest, one can finally be relieved from busyness and be allowed to sigh, to breathe, and to shed tears from tiredness.  Finally, gaining energy, once again, to give.

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Recreation and rest

kevinsam_heartlakeRecently I’ve had more time for some recreation.  I love mountain biking, and biking up to a quiet place to be alone and enjoy God’s nature.  This is recreation–something that God made for us.  Some Christians might guilty about having too much fun but when we look at “recreation” from a biblical point-of-view, it simply means “rest”.  Yes, recreation means renewal or rest.  We also need to take time for our bodies, soul, and spirit to just rest and play, as opposed to, only work.  God gave us the Sabbath for rest (Genesis 2:2.) Rest is also connected to our spiritual renewal (Hebrews 4:1-11).  God knows that human beings need rest–so no more need to feel guilty about recreation but let’s remember that God also wants to be a part of our recreation.  We can follow God’s gift of rest by enjoying our lives in what God has given to us.