Rest, Relax, Refresh, Renew

The Chinese character for the word “busy” is written by combining the two words “heart” and “dead.”  How descriptive for when we are way-to busy. When our lives are full of too much activity it lays the foundation for a lifeless heart.

I think it would be a challenge today to find someone who is not busy.  It is a part of the times in which we live.  There may be an underlying reason for our hectic pace. It’s because the busier you are, the more applauded and affirmed you get. Your ego gets stroked. But a lot can be gleaned from this ancient Chinese word.  There is a reason God created a Sabbath day to be set aside for His people to rest.  He commanded his people to work six days and on the seventh day to rest. Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the LORD your God has commanded you—Deuteronomy 5:12.

Work and projects and commitments in themselves are not bad.  But when we let ourselves get overly busy—even with good things—we tend to neglect the important things.  By this, we are showing that we don’t trust that God will provide for us.  I believe what God is calling Christ-followers to is balance.  When we get too busy, we are living a life on the verge of calamity—whether that comes to you, your spouse or your kids.

Make an effort in your life to rest and observe the Sabbath.  Turn off your cell phone, the television, your computer and the video games.  Take some time by yourself or your family to take a walk or spend some time at a park or the beach.  Relax, refresh and renew your soul.  Don’t create in yourself a “dead-heart,” create a heart that is filled with life.  And one way to do that is to make sure you are not getting excessively busy, but taking the time to rest.


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