Making time for rest

I’m a go-getter. So much of who I am is built on chasing after my dreams, checking off the to-do list, completing tasks. It’s always about the finish line and the final achievement.

Something that the Lord has had to put on my heart recently has been about rest.

And not just that, but the importance of it and how making time for it can be the best thing for you.

With all of my getting things done, and then add on to that the fact that a full time job has overtaken my life, it often feels like I can be running from the moment I wake up, to the moment my head hits the pillow. With evenings the only option to socialize and a list of friends and siblings to spend time with, I often find myself overbooked, over-stressed, and exhausted. Real moment here, I’ve been falling asleep before nine o’clock some nights. And that’s early. I’ve joked about turning into a granny, but honestly it’s more than that, it’s the fact that I often forget to do one simple thing.

Make time to rest.

Rest isn’t just something we should wait to happen. If you have a life that looks anything like mine right now, it never will “rest” on it’s own. God has softly been whispering in my heart the need to MAKE time to rest. It’s an active pursuit, not just a passive, let-it-happen type of thing. I need to actively seek out the time to rest, rejuvenate, and bask in His presence.

“Come to me all who are weary and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

We don’t just sit around on our hands, waiting for rest to come, we first have to approach our Father. That is an active, conscious effort to do something.

Something I have often said in encouragement to others has been “A clear head is a productive head”. I speak from experience. I get only half of what I could done when I am stressed, overwhelmed, overworked and exhausted. But when I take a nap, take a break, have an evening off, and actually chill out on the weekend instead of chasing, I am far more productive and *ahem* in a far better mood for what work is ahead!

God doesn’t want us chasing our tails all the time, exhausted, and unable to function because of everything we are heaping on our plate. He wants us to do what we are called to do, to the best of our ability. We can’t serve to the best of our ability when we have too much going on.

So make the time to rest. Make the effort to run to Him. Carve out that time to spend in his word, journal and decompress. You won’t regret it.

How do you make time for rest?

By God’s Grace,