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rest – a four letter word

For busy people, rest can seem like a four letter word.  You know right up there with diet and other unmentionable words.

After years of ministry, I have found that rest is one thing that can easily get pushed back.  It seems there is always something that can occupy your time and attention.  Some Christians even wear their busy schedules as a badge of honor.

In my opinion, overworking and over-committing are two tools that the enemy uses to tire out Christians.  Ministers are right at the top of this list.  Learning how to live a life of balance is vital to living an abundant life.


If you ask  Christians about a Sabbath rest, you are sure to get an assortment of answers.  Some will tell you that on the 7th day God rested and He set  the example for us.  Some will tell you that Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.  (This one will be used both to support observing a Sabbath rest and to support the idea that one does not need a Sabbath rest.)

Rest – sleep, freedom from work or activity, state of inactivity, something used as a support  (Webster)

I grew up with parents who took very seriously a Sabbath Rest.  Sunday was all about church and resting.  I have fond memories of the Sunday afternoon drives that mom, dad, and I would take.  As a kid, it was so much more fun than taking a nap.   Yet, many a Sunday would find me reading a book and nodding off to sleep.

Fast forward to me as a newly married woman and the surprised look on my face as my husband was going out to mow the lawn Sunday afternoon.  He grew up with parents who worked every day of the week.  (They owned a couple of mom and pop grocery stores.) Sundays were the day you got all the work done around the house.

It took some convincing, but I was able to get him to agree to ‘try’ a Sabbath rest for one month.  He was humoring me.  But after that month was up, he was a firm believer in the benefits to taking a day of rest.  He accomplished more in those six days then he ever did in working seven.

A day of rest gives support to the other 6 days of the week.  Rest enables you to stick it out for the long haul.  This thing called life isn’t a sprint but a life long marathon.  Resting is beneficial, especially if you are prone to workaholic-ism.

God’s Word has a lot to say about rest.  (519 references in the NASV and 545 references in the NKJV)

I am so looking forward to tomorrow.  As ministers, Friday is our day to observe a Sabbath rest.  I have not done so well in guarding my Sabbath rest the past few weeks.  My body is loudly protesting.

Even though I have daily devotions and rely on God as I encounter each days challenges, there is something powerful about ‘coming away with Him and resting’ –  sitting at His feet like Mary.  (Luke 10:38-40)  A day of relaxation and rest!

How do you answer the call of Jesus?  “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.”

til next time


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May 14, 2015 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment