Successful people are productive. They can even be hyper-focused. But they know they will burn out if they stay there. Great leaders have learned that they must balance their multi-tasking tendencies with quiet times to recharge their batteries.
It is so important to learn to rest. “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength” (Isaiah 30:15). While the world sees strength in action; God says your strength will actually come from quietness and rest.
You will not be able to fulfill your calling if you don’t take care of your physical and mental health with periods of rest. Rest impacts your well-being, productivity, and ability to think.
God rested after creating the world. Jesus needed periods of quiet communion with the Father, away from the noise, the crowds, and the activity. Surely you need time set apart too.
Allow yourself a “selah,” a mental pause that allows you to
separate yourself from the ordinary.
There’s no denying that life in this world is stressful! Most of us are overwhelmed by our own calendar and cell phone. We don’t believe we are productive unless we are juggling several commitments at the same time.
Some say, “Don’t just sit there. Do something!” But God would say, “Don’t just do something. Sit here awhile and rest!”
In her desire to minister to Jesus, Martha missed out on His friendship. Many Christians still worship work today. He will use you, yes, but not destroy you in the process. You may destroy yourself if you lack discernment or fail to listen to His guidance about which assignments to take. You will be quickly burned out and defeated if He isn’t your source of strength and stability. Set your heart at rest and sit at His feet awhile.
Carve out areas of your life where you are not striving.
Allow intervals in which you do nothing, think nothing, and plan nothing. Your mind will be refreshed and renewed in the absence of strain. Only He can replenish what the world takes from you. You will emerge stronger, braver, and more loving than before.