I have been thinking a lot about REST and how that plays a huge roll in our health journey. We have believed so many lies about REST. If we rest, we are lazy. NOT TRUE. If we rest, we will not accomplish all that needs to get done. NOT TRUE. If we rest, we will get behind. NOT TRUE. Those are just a few. I know I have been guilty of believing these lies as well. I am a person who likes to check things off my list, who is always on the go, and enjoy doing for others. So for years, I never took time to rest. I have learned over the last 7.5 years how important rest is. I have been doing a devotional on REST this past week and it reminded me of so many things that are important and I felt like I needed to share it with you.
How is REST defined?
Rest- cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength.
REST is about recovery.
REST is about refreshment.
REST is about renewal.
When we are busy working, working out, serving others, checking off our to do list, and the many other things we have going on, it’s so important to take time to let our bodies recover, be refreshed, and be renewed. For years, I never really practiced this concept, but in the recent years, I realize how important it really is.
When I have taken time to rest, I actually feel like I can accomplish more. When I have taken time to rest, I feel refreshed and that I can keep moving forward in what needs to be done. When I have taken time to rest, I feel like my mind is not so crazy as well. Try it, take time to rest.
Rest can also be defined as: to be free of anxiety or disturbance.
What is making you feel anxious? What is disturbing the peace in your life? What is distracting you from taking time to be free from the crazy of this life? I could name several here, but I won’t. I am sure you know what your answers are as well.
As I was reading the devotion about REST last week, this statement really hit me. “There are things that may seem enjoyable in the moment and feel like they refresh us, but in the end, we are depleted from true rest.”
Wow! I am not sure about you, but this is so true for me. I know that what may be a struggle for me, will not be a struggle for someone else and vice versa.
After I read that statement, this came to mind. Rest is like getting a drink, we get a drink, but we will get thirsty again. The drink quenches our thirst for a while, but then we are back getting a drink. That is how REST is. It restores us, but we will go back to work again, or get emotionally drained, and we will need more rest. We need to fill ourselves up, so that we can pour out to others. REST allows us to fill up.
Lastly, when I talk about rest, I am not talking about the sleep you get at night. I am talking about taking time during your waking hours to be still, to quiet yourself, to be refreshed.
I know this is not easy, it took me a long time to be able to just be still. A good way to start practicing this, is to start with 5 minutes of quiet rest time and build up from there. Maybe do that for a few days and then add a few minutes. I know that 30 minutes is a good amount of time for me to refresh. I don’t always get it done everyday, but I am still working on it too. However, if you don’t find that time to rest, keep trying. I believe you will be thankful for this time of REST.
Until next time…