The Day 4 challenge is: Take time to rest today.
The Webster’s definition of rest (v): cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength
It doesn’t mean:
- To finally decide you can’t do any more today, so you collapse in bed exhausted.
- To wait until you’re burned out and at a breaking point, then beg for time off.
- To feel guilty about taking a timeout in the middle of your day, because naps are for sissies.
Why You Need to Rest
Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made (Genesis 2:3).
It’s not a new revelation that rest is a biblical principle, but it’s so contrary to the push of our lifestyle that I need a constant reminder.
Sometimes I intend to lie down on the couch and rest, but pick up my phone “just for a minute” to check email, Facebook… Before I know it rest time is over, but it hasn’t been at all refreshing.
How much and how long should I rest?
The challenge is to rest today (and every day). Don’t wait for a particular day of the week, or for things to slow down, or to be completely done with your to-do list.
I need to accept this challenge because I constantly feel like there is more to do and I can’t stop. And because I struggle with guilt over “doing nothing”.
But rest is not doing nothing – it’s nourishing, recharging, and refreshing.
Instead of drinking another cup of coffee and powering through, what would be most honoring to my physical and mental well being?
What you do and how long you do it is up to you. There’s no prescription. Resting may be
- Sitting or lying or walking
- Five minutes, one hour, or an entire day
- Alone or with others
The important thing is that you take the time, and do it today.
So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest… Hebrews 4:9-11