The Christmas decorations are down and tucked safely away for next year. The calendar has officially turned to 2017. A brand new year stretches out before us. The thought of new and fresh excites me. Happy New Year, to each of you.
Yesterday, I glanced through an email from Michael Hyatt about his top ten blog posts for 2016 and I was struck by the fact that among his top ten posts was one on Why He takes a Nap Every Day.https://michaelhyatt.com/why-you-should-take-a-nap-every-day.html
I’m not a napper but what hit me was the fact that many of us are over tired and worn out. Out to change the world, we get sucked into mindless busyness. Rushing. Striving. Checking items off your “to do” list and moving on to the next task. The problem with mindless busyness is that our hearts become detached and our passion dies. We live life with an internal sense of hurry.
The writer of Hebrews reminds us, “There remains, then, a Sabbath rest for the people of God” (Hebrews 4:9). Author Shelly Miller in her profound book, Rhythms of Rest, writes, “Sabbath is a foreign language to the native tongue of a busy culture, a curious oddity in an overtired church.” https://www.amazon.com/Rhythms-Rest-Finding-Spirit-Sabbath/dp/0764218433/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483365596&sr=8-1&keywords=Shelly+Miller
As I’ve been thinking about rest, I realize I need to be more intentional about establishing rhythms of rest in 2017. And, I’m guessing you need to be more intentional as well. Why?
• Without rest, you can’t hear God’s voice. Every part of our lives is inundated with noise; Cell phones, T.V. Social media and email. Amidst all the words, the tyranny of the urgent drowns out the small whisper of God’s voice. Yet, God’s voice is what we crave most.
• Without rest your creativity ceases. During a particularly rushed season of ministry I commented to Steve that I felt like my creativity had died. Ever felt that way? Creativity only thrives in a well-rested soul. God created us this way and set the example in His creativity. After six days of creating He rested. (Genesis 1). Profound. If you feel like your creativity has taken a hit lately, reflect on how much rest you’ve been getting.
• Without rest your passion dies and you live life detached. When you rest and allow God to revive you, He restores your lost passion and revives your fervor.
As you enter 2017, take a day to rest and simply enjoy God’s presence. He invites, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Ask Him what new patterns you might need to put in place in 2017 in order to live your life fully present and engaged.
And, hey, I’m curious, How do you find time for Sabbath rest in your busy life? Do you take a nap? Leave a comment here and let me know.