The importance of rest

Today is a special day…

I am resting…I am sitting in my favorite slightly worn out recliner listening to a news channel drone on and on as I drink great vessel of 8 o’clock coffee from my favorite cup, with no particular plans in mind for this beautiful North Florida spring day.

It took me a lot of years, but I am finally realizing the benefits of taking a day of rest. In order to take this day, I had to make some adjustments to my work week. I have found that by being industrious in planning my schedule and calendar, allows me to truly enjoy a day of rest.

It has not always been this way. In the past, I would allow my work to suffer while I tried to meet with and solve all the problems of the organization that I lead. I would find myself already overwhelmed by Monday afternoon and this problem would escalate through the week. By Friday, I would be woefully behind in all of my work which added stress to my life. By being backed up in my regular work, I would have to spend my Saturday catching up with the work that I neglected during the week. I would have to spend hurried time finishing the task that I could not get done in the office because I allowed myself to be over-scheduled. So Saturday would become a catch all day and my day for finishing up my sermon for Sunday.

By making some adjustments with my team, I began allowing others to take on some of the tasks off my plate has allowed me to focus on the work that God has called me to do. In Acts 6:4 the Apostles realized that it was not right for them to neglect prayer and the study of the word. The early church leaders realized how important it was to delegate the work of the body. In learning this, I have been able to spend so much more time in prayer and study. I have recently blocked my Monday exclusively for reading and reflecting. My mind is sharper, I can focus on what God truly wants me to accomplish and I can also look forward to Saturday, knowing that I am I can truly rest.

I want to encourage you to make sure that you prepare and plan for rest.

I love you all!

Pastor J<><