The bottom line is, we are human, and there will always be endless needs to be met...
"My presence will go with you, and it will give you rest." Exodus 33:14
Recently, Bethel Church in Redding, California, hosted the Heaven Come conference. We had some friends of ours who attended that received so much wisdom and incite. One thing predominately stuck out to me and that is knowing the difference in work, play and rest.
"Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, He said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." Mark 6:31, NKJV
In this verse Mark is referring to when the apostles and Jesus were feeding the five thousand. Jesus said to them, "Come with me and get some rest." Jesus could have in that moment said, we must keep going and not rest, but he understood that our bodies were not created to run on empty. Because, so often we are going and going and going and in turn we are the ones who end up empty.
The bottom line is, we are human, and there will always be endless needs to be met. Whether you are a parent, someone who works in the market place and even the ministry let this set in. God has not called us to run on fumes, but to be full to run the race that is set before us.
"I have told you these things, so that you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33, NKJV
Entering into a state of rest is where God wants us to reside. All of us have the goal in mind to be the best we can be in whatever season of life we are in. But, in my personal experience, it is hard for me to be the best "me" that God created me to be when I am running on fumes.
"For overachievers part of the reason why we have adapted this is because we have subscribed to the false belief, as I did, that if we sleep less that we achieve more."
After reading the book Essentialism, which I recommend to everyone, it really started opening my eyes to this new outlook. Because, during the 1950's this concept was adapted that the more sleepless hours you have the more you achieve. This in turn distorted human functionality, and relating laziness to being restful for the next day.
Now don't get me wrong, there will be times when this is necessary, but not on a regular basis. Nor am I advocating laziness, because I believe God has put a mandate on our lives. I do though, believe the enemy has used this concept to keep business afloat so that we aren't able to perform our best in the things we are passionate about.
So today, shatter the sleep stigma and take on His restfulness. It is so vital for you to perform your best as a parent, employee, working in ministry, or whatever it is. There is a time to play, a time to work and a time to rest. Learning to recognize the difference, and operating in the separation of the three could provide you with more fulfillment, more room to grow and more productivity in your life. So, rest.