It’s the weekend again, so I want to encourage you as you embrace new habits for this year, to Sabbath, or genuinely rest. There is a reason God told the Jews to set aside a special day of the week to break from the routine and simply slow down. In fact, rest is a holy thing and I believe that God’s Spirit inhabits times when we intentionally relax and put the brakes on our frantic pace. It’s in those moments that He speaks to us, leads us, and blesses us with powerful encounters with Him.
I’m sure you’ll agree with me that our world is stressed out, man is it stressed out! People are always busy and always hurried, so much so that we’ve made busyness into a virtue. For example, if I call you on the phone and I say, “Hey, I know you’re super-busy…” that’s somehow a compliment. On the contrary, if I say, “Hey, I know your calendar is wide-open and you probably don’t have anything to do,” that’s an insult. So we’ve created an expectation and practically an idol out of having a cluttered schedule and going without stopping. It’s gotten to the point where productivity is valued over health and sanity, and I believe this is wrong!
Friend, we are designed by God to walk in rhythms of rest, and it’s actually a sign of growth and maturity when we say no to certain things, whether it’s a commitment, a project, a contract, or even a trip. This year, be intentional about everything you say yes to and everything you say no to — be sure to set aside time to be with your family and friends, and most importantly, with Jesus. Don’t miss out on life as it speeds past you in a blur. Abundant living is found in times of quiet reflection, laughter, and relaxation, and your legacy is built upon such things.
Follow the Lord’s example today and embrace Sabbath rest. I can promise you, it will make every part of your life better, and that’s good news!