Photo Credit: Mickey O'neil
I don't know about you, but the world around me seems to keep spinning faster and faster.
No matter how many hours I work or how hard I work, I can't keep up on it all.
For example, not too long ago, I finally cleared my inbox.
I can't remember the last time I had an empty inbox. I spent days and days focused on clearing it out. Once I did, I was determined to finally stay on top of it.
I did, for a few days.
But they come in at up to a 100 a day, and there was social media to keep up with, and things at home, and an emergency visit to the vet for our dog Supergirl Smoogie (she's fine now). Life happened, and my emails got away from me again. When I checked last night, there were over 400.
It can feel like there's never time to take a breath, never mind rest. Until suddenly you have to…
A few weeks ago, I sat outside for too long, and my allergies went bananas, and the drainage went into my chest. I tried to keep moving forward anyway. I had so much to do. I took a few breaks here and there, but I didn't think I could just stop.
Until finally this weekend, I had to.
I didn't have any choice. The drainage had become a chest infection, and I was completely wiped out. I finally had to stop.
I'm so glad I did. Because it reminded me, I have PERMISSION to rest.
James Jordan, who teaches on God's Father-heart for us, asks this question….
Why did God create man on the sixth day? (other than the obvious that we needed the earth and things for us to eat to be there first).
He believes God created man on the 6th day because on the 7th day God rested (and has been resting ever since). He believes God created man on the sixth day so we would only know a Father who rests.
Hebrews 4 tells us that rest is a promise from God.
It's one place the enemy can never enter.
Rest is a gift to us from our Heavenly Dad.
We have permission to rest. I'm going to take full advantage of it.
So here's what I'm doing. I'm doing only those things I ABSOLUTELY have to do. Then I'm taking the time I need to recover.
As part of that, we're not doing our usual FB live teaching and Q&A tomorrow.
It's a bummer, but truthfully no one probably wants to hear me cough through half an hour of talking anyway. By taking the proper time to rest this week, I'll be able to come back refreshed, ready to conquer the world and be fully me.
It's funny. All those things I was so sure I had to do? It's not really a big surprise, but the world's not ending.
It won't end for you either.
I want to encourage you to take a minute and look at all those things swirling around you. If you could only do the absolute priority ones, what would do?
Then just do those.
And spend the time you need to recharge and rest. You don't have to go on a big vacation or take a whole week off. Just find those moments when you can get some downtime to do things you enjoy. To turn off your brain (and do I dare say, your cell phone). To just relax and rest.
Sometimes we can get overwhelmed simply because we're taking on things God hasn't asked us to do.
I challenge you to be BOLD and ask Him what things are assignments from Him and what things aren't. Then let go of the unnecessary baggage, so you can be FREE to do all He's called you to do!
Life is a proverbial marathon, not a sprint. We need our rest so we can fully be ourselves. The world will be better off if you do.
Rest is a gift. You have permission… go ahead and enjoy it!
I am a CreativeWorldChanger. You are too!