by Jackie M. Johnson
And 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 2:3 NIV
Rest is not a four-letter word. OK, technically it is, but it is not a “bad” word. Nonetheless, our culture seems to prize work and being busy. There always seems to be so much to do and never enough time.
Indeed, to work is right and responsible. We are to use our time and talents wisely to make a living, advance the kingdom, and glorify God with all He has given us. But for many, we are driven by the “have to, ought to, must, and shoulds” of life to do more and to be more. Every day is a hamster wheel, and we can’t seem to get off of it.
Thankfully, I am learning that life is more than work, chores, and errands. And I don’t need to feel guilty when I take time to replenish. In fact, when I take time to renew my mind, my body and my soul, I can be more effective—for myself and for those I serve.
Mostly, I am learning that the number of checkmarks on my endless “To Do” list do not determine my worth and value. In God’s eyes, I am enough. I don’t have to prove anything or earn favors. It’s all grace.
God values rest. He rested from all his work of creating the entire universe. And He admonishes us to rest as well. It’s a gift that I, for one, want to unwrap and use daily.
Every day I ask God what He wants me to accomplish. I ask Him to empower me and help me do my best. Then, when my head finally hits the pillow at night, I can feel satisfied and content. I can rest.
Lord, thank you for the gift of rest. Help me to value it, and know that when I take time to replenish, I can be a better version of myself for those I love and serve. And I can honor you as I obey. Show me what real rest looks like, and empower me to find balance in work, rest, and all the other areas of my life.
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About the author: Jackie M. Johnson is an accomplished author and blogger who inspires readers worldwide with hope-filled and encouraging content. Jackie is the author of Power Prayers for Women, the breakup recovery resource, When Love Ends and the Ice Cream Carton Is Empty, and Praying with Power When Life Gets Tough. Jackie’s is member of AWSA and CAN (Christian Authors Network). Connect with Jackie at www.jackiejohnsoncreative.com.
Join the conversation: Do you keep rest a priority? How do you make that happen?