We’ve made it! It’s been a long year, a busy year, a good year, but we have made it. That can mean only one thing, taking a break. We all need to have a rest, afterall, after God created the world we are told that he rested. What a great example to follow! The thought for the week comes from Anne Lamott who said…
Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes … including you
A rest is necessary to enable us to regain energy and be fully functioning. If we just keep going at the same pace, eventually it will lead to a burnout.
I used to think that having a rest meant doing nothing, and would use that idea to justify lying on the sofa, watching tv, endless tv. But a rest doesn’t actually mean doing nothing, it just means taking a break. Afterall, there is that saying ‘a change is as good as a rest’ and I would agree with that. A rest for you may be sport, hanging out with friends, playing on the computer, sitting quietly listening to music. For Jewish people the sabbath is taken very seriously and no work should be done. Jesus got told off for picking corn on a sabbath day. His response was that it was needed. The sabbath isn’t about doing nothing, it is about enjoying and refreshing.
It doesn’t matter what you do to recharge, the important thing is that you do recharge. Take a break, have a rest, come back in September, fully replenished and ready to go.
Challenge: no challenge just rest
Prayer. Father God we thank you for your example of resting to enjoy your work. We pray that as we take a break from school, that we are able to enjoy our successes and refresh for the next academic year. Amen