“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” – John Lubbock
As a Life Group leader for young adults, it can get a little stressful. As a Sophomore in college, I can get a little stressed. As a weekly bog writer and always looking for new ideas, it can get a little stressful. As a daughter, sister, and friend, it can get a little stressful. As a care taker of an eight five year old, I can get a little stressed. As a follower of Christ, it can get a little stressful. As a volunteer, I can get a little stressed. Yada, yada, yada.
Obviously, some of you reading this right now may have a couple kids hanging on you and your reading this off of your sticky dirty computer. Or you’re reading this at your high-demanding job or maybe you’re reading this sitting on your couch in your pajamas. Of all these and wherever you are, I want you to know that it’s okay to take a break.
I’ve learned through serving in the church, always having a job or just being a full-time student, I need my breaks. I am an introvert and when my family tells me they’re busy and won’t be home for the night, I’m a really happy camper. I’ll go get some food and a movie and sit on the same spot of the couch all night until they come back.
I usually have a lot going on throughout the week, and for those of you that make my life seem like a picnic, you still end up looking less tired and happier than I do at the end of the week (and I salute all of you for that). Please just remember that it is okay if you need to sit down, or binge watch that show you’ve been recording for three months, take long drive. or take that thirty minute nap you’ve needed. I also understand you may have children, husbands, jobs and whatever else it is that you do.
At church, we always say, “How are you supposed to pour into others if nothing is pouring into you?” [Tweet “You can’t fill others up when you’re empty. “]Now clearly in church we mean, if you aren’t resting, reading your Bible and talking to God then how can you speak to the people around you? Now that may not be what you need, but try it! Go read your Bible and have your quiet time with God or it just sit longer than the two minutes it takes you to put your shoes on.
I admire all of you great people that literally go all day, every day without flinching, sleep six hours, get up, and do it all the next day plus a soccer game and a dance recital. All of the Extroverts that work, work, socialize, and work some more without any problems. Or the introverts who make themselves get out into the world everyday when they’d rather be on the couch where I am.
This weeks blog I just wanted to remind you all that you deserve a break. Even when you think you don’t or you don’t think you can. Even God took a break on the seventh day after creating the earth.
“Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all there vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it Holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” Genesis 2:1-3
This past Sunday I had Life Group and as the leader I am expected to be there. I had kind of a rough day and one of the last things I wanted to be doing was mediating and talking about my feelings. I found a friend who didn’t mind filling in for me, and I went to the gas station, filled up my tank and just drove. I drove for three hours, and burned through three quarters of my tank (it doesn’t seem like much but I drive a Honda). Part of the drive I had worship music on. Part of the drive was silent and a lot of the drive was me speaking to God with all the windows down. A little country may have been played at some point.
Whatever walk or season you’re in right now, no matter how stressful or demanding it is, please give yourselves the proper time you need to be still and have peace. You’re all amazing, so give yourself that reward, you deserve it.