Do we over-glorify being busy? I think this is a fair question to us as believers. It seems not a day goes by where I don’t have a conversation, or read a social media post about Christians being “sooooo busy” and struggling to stay sane and emotionally healthy in all of the chaos. What’s more, I sometimes hear people who aren’t living their lives that way criticized for their “lack of work ethic”.
Trust me, I get it. Between work, family, church and trying to have a social life, things can feel like a never ending stream of to-do lists and expectations, but I think that as believers, we have a responsibility to carefully consider not only what we spend our time on, but HOW MUCH time we spend on them.
No, it is not healthy to run yourself ragged every day, even if you are filling your time with good things like ministry and work. No, you shouldn’t feel constantly overwhelmed and unable to get your thoughts straight. Don’t get me wrong, life is like that sometimes, but allowing this to become a pattern can have the opposite effect from what we intend to happen - exhausted and unable to handle all we have taken on, we can become ineffective in our goings on.
We see several examples of rest in the Bible, starting with the Lord himself resting on the seventh day of creation, but Exodus 23:12 tells it straight up:
“Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and so that the slave born in your household and the foreigner living among you may be refreshed.”
When you are feeling the strain, take some time to rest. Rest is an excellent time to reflect on what the Lord has done in your life and ask his guidance as you go on. We are restricted to these earthly bodies for the time being, and they need rest. The life of the believer requires balance to be lived well; when it is time to work, work 100%. But, when it is time to rest, you must do so. Not only do we need rest, the Lord commands it! Set aside some time this week to reflect on the Lord, get off of your feet, and have a moment of quiet time. Be refreshed!
Thanks so much,