Rest–A Four Letter Word?

RestTo many of us rest is a four letter word. Take a break? Right! Perhaps because the very thought seems irreverent—or impossible—many of us tend to believe that the answer to our problems is to work harder, push further and achieve more. When was the last time you gave yourself permission to rest?

Jesus shows the reality of how to balance hard work and intense rest. In Mark 1:32-34, after Jesus had healed Peter’s mother-in-law and had driven out an evil spirit from a man in the synagogue, he was asked for more. “That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many…” These “extra” events probably took him the better part of the night. No one could accuse Jesus of kicking back on the job.

But look at the other side of the story. The very next morning Jesus got up early and went away to pray, to be alone and away from the demands of ministry.

Perhaps Jesus took his cue from his heavenly Father. Thousands of years before Jesus took a break in Mark 1, God himself rested. After creating the world and all that inhabits it, “…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)

So why do we think rest is “not for us?” Stop what you’re doing right now and come apart before you come apart. Grab a hold of the reality that when you invest in rest, you invest in making yourself a better woman, a better mom, a better daughter, a better wife, a better worker and a better friend. Sit down with a cup of tea and ignore the chaos around you. Hand over the little ones to your husbands and go for a walk. Turn off the computer (but wait till you finish reading this!) and go back and reread God’s own words about rest.

Don’t believe the lie that overwork works. Believe Jesus.

See Elisa Morgan at Celebrate What Matters this fall. Find out which events Elisa will be part of here.

Comments

  1. 2 years ago
    CIndy Rosselle says

    A GREAT SATURDAY to ALL God’s Girls . . . The women of Faith conference in Spokabe WA a few weeks back was MORE THAN AWESOME !!!!! The greatest encouragement came with the joyful, transparency of the speakers hearts ! Along with the genuine TIME OF PRAISE, I was so blessed by the MOST beautiful, professional ballet/dance performanance,dancing unto our LORD ! Our lords’HOLY SPIRIT FILLED every inch of the convention center ! About 60 ladies came from our group and we ALL left feeling the presence of our JESUS ! I have been to two other WoF events and this ONE TOPPED THEM ALL, SOoo oo . . . another group of women are heading to Portland OR in Oct. to be a part of this God filled experience, that WILL LAST A LIFE TIME ! THANK YOU WOMEN OF FAITH !!! You willl be forever in our prayers ! You make “us girls” smile, but MOST OF ALL Our LOrd and SAVIOR ! CeCe and the worship team ROCK !!!! AMEN & AMEN ! : ) PS Ken Davisis hysterical !!! : )

  2. 2 years ago
    Patsy Schumacher says

    I had a wonderful time at the Women of Faith “Celebrate what Matters” in Washington, DC a few weeks ago. Although the format was changed, the speakers still had excellent advice to give, in a humorous and touching way. If I may comment, I’d like to say the following, as someone who has attended more that 6 times: I have now read several books written by Andy Andrews, and although I enjoyed his talk, there were a lot of familiar stories from his previous appearance; was it one or two years ago? Also, I missed having a dedicated comedian/comedienne; did someone cancel? I was hoping for Anita Renfroe, or Ken Davis. And finally, Amy Grant sang beautifully, and I love her songs, but she seemed…, under the weather. Was she sick? My girlfriends and I discussed her performance on our way home and suggested she was sick, and had taken cold medicine, which caused her to be, well, the non-word “wifty” comes to mind.
    Anyway, I know you all are so good at listening to feedback,and I thought I’d send you my 2 cents’ worth. I am already looking forward to next year!