Sunday, September 21, 2014

Do you rest on Sunday... or any other day?

I'm all for rest these days.
Get it while you can, I say!



BUSY is the badge, though, that many (most?) people wear.
And some wear it proudly.
That seems to be the American way.
Every minute should be productive.



What do YOU think?

I know that many people active in church
do not think of Sunday as a day of rest.
I certainly didn't - for years.

Well, there was church to DO,
both in the morning and in the evening.
And I did it... religiously.

Later, though, I got wise... 
and quit volunteering to be on every committee
and lead every new group someone suggested we start.

There was a day in the late 1980's,
that after trying to be the best pastor's wife in the world,
I quit.

Part of it was the perspective I got from watching my dear twin die of cancer.
There was (is) much perspective in that, as you can imagine.


Part of it was burnout.

I went to a therapist for grief counseling in the summer of 1989
and she had me take a BURNOUT TEST, of all things.

I passed with flying colors!
(which was not something to celebrate)

And then my pastor husband suggested I quit being 'the pastor's wife'.
What?!?
Well, he knew what I needed.
And I am so thankful for that.
 I needed REST... and FREEDOM.

So my Bible verse became Galatians 5:1...
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.
Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves
be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.


I seek to live by grace now.
Whew.
What a relief.
WHAT A PROFOUND RELIEF.

And I rest.... when I'm tired, and when I can.
And I make times that I can.

Mm.

Oh, and here is a wonderful Bible verse...
My presence will go with you,
and I will give you rest. 
Exodus 33:14

Oh, and here is great quote....
How beautiful it is to do nothing,
and then to rest afterward. 
~Spanish Proverb

I hope you're not too busy...
and can rest today.
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I'll leave you with my feet...









1 comment:

Sara Elizabeth said...

I keep starting to write a post about the over-glorification of busy... but then I feel like a hypocrite because I'm busy and I don't know how to stop. Burn out is real though... and we should really stop with the busy-ness. :) Just be. Like you with those feet up. Yes, that's the way to be.