On a scale of 1-10, how much distress did you experienced this past week?

This year alone, I have seen so much stress, burnout and fatigue. What’s going on? What is pushing people to stretch themselves near breaking point?

I mean, there’s nothing admirable or responsible about overworking. Rest is your right as a human. It’s not a reward that you need to earn. And it doesn’t mean you’re lazy. In fact, it is quite a productive activity. Practicing physical, mental and spiritual rest is important. With our hectic schedules and  demanding lives, you’d think it would be obvious to us that rest is essential.

I know we live in a world where everyone is on the run. We want rapid results. Two minutes of a meditation app and five minutes of “yoga for highly effective people”, to stay centered. Multivitamins, nutritional supplements, detoxing, cleansing, to get rejuvenated. Honey, just lie down a minute. Please!

I understand that there’s a lot going on. But sometimes, all you need to do is trust that everything will be alright. That you’re not alone and you don’t have to survive purely by your own strength. Sometimes, you just have to let go. Resting doesn’t have to mean inaction. But it does mean losing the agitation. So just…

There’s this story of a cardiologist who realized that most of his heart disease patients were very anxious people. The chairs in his office were worn at the edges because they never fully sit back in them. Unable to sit back? That is just no way to live.

To fellow believers, you need rest. Don’t confuse overworking with virtue. There are several examples of Jesus going to a quiet place, getting away from the crowd. The psalmist talks about how his reliance on God gives him peace and rest. Creative people everywhere talk about how inspiration comes when their minds are at rest. 

Rest, as God showed in Genesis and as emulated by Isreal (sabbath), is ceasing from one’s works. In bible, entering into rest is used to illustrate salvation; the greatest gift of God to man.

Resting is a productive and responsible thing to do. I hope I can make rest a habit. Because how will I honor God and bless myself and others, if I’m depleted?

How do you rest? To some, it is to empty ourselves of everything except His presence. To others, it is that moment of relinquishing control. I rest by having some quiet time daily, taking a day off, praying, doing some of my favorite things. I also find that any posture in which I can put my feet up is pretty restful. I’m doing it right now 😊 

English writer, Samuel Johnson, once said, “People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed.” This is a reminder that rest is seriously good for you. Feel free to relax without any guilt or anxiety. Seriously, it’s okay.

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