Are you so busy that you wear yourself to exhaustion? I mean literal exhaustion. Are you so tired it takes massive amounts of caffeine just to make it through the morning? Perhaps you are so worn out that trudging through the day takes all you have. Have you spread yourself so thin with your commitments that by the time you tuck the kids in you pass out on top of them?
Life is happening at breakneck speed and it appears as if it will never slow down. I know my calendar fills up months in advance. If I have an extra hour I try to fill it with some sort of purposeful project or meeting. I can’t let any time slide by freely. Let alone have any down time. I feel like I would be wasting time, and time is the one thing I don’t have.
Perhaps you are like me and fill your schedule to the brim with church and family commitments. I like to push myself as close to my breaking point without actually breaking, but this theory only works if the rest of life goes as planned. We all know nothing goes as planned. I often wonder am I just running around to give the illusion of busyness, or am I actually fulfilling a purpose?
We have come to the point where we believe the busier we are the more of a purpose our life has. I’m all for being productive, however it must be in balance. I look at the life of Christ and see a man who wearied himself with the Father’s work. He always had compassion on the people and you find Him healing all that were brought to Him. He didn’t heal some. He healed every one.
Matthew 8:16 That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick.
Although Christ had constant compassion on the people he kept life in proper prospective. He would often get away to rest. He would go up into a mountain to pray and spend time with the Father. He would put the needs of the people and ministry on hold so He could rekindle afresh the fire inside. He would be intimate with the Father and treasure every moment, reenergizing and refocusing on His Fathers’ business. I know I need to learn not all busyness is the Father’s business.
I know I also need to learn to take time to rest. I mean we have GOD, the creator of the universe, working for 6 days and then on the 7th day He rested. He created a pattern for us to follow. I need to do a better job of taking rest myself. Not only did GOD pattern it for us, but He then commanded it in the Ten Commandments.
Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.
With all that is going on in life are you taking time to rest? More importantly are you keeping His commandments and keeping the Sabbath, or is it just another day to get all you need to accomplished? I know I am going to start following the example of Christ in the area of purposeful rest. There is a reason why rest is commanded and that’s because if it were up to us we would just work ourselves into nonexistence. I’m going to trade in some busyness for more of the Father’s business and that includes biblical rest. Perhaps you should rest too.