“Productive?” It’s a buzz word that many of us love, but it can also become an idol. I TOO often have found myself thinking that I always have to be going, producing, working, and never still. Yet the Lord WANTS His beloved children to sleep (Psalm 127); the Lord wants us to be still (Exodus 14, Psalm 46), and sometimes that means not being productive.
Some days that looks like being on the couch, reading, praying, going aside into a secret place to be with the Lord.
That’s why I’m talking about ‘productivity’, the Sabbath, and why it’s really important to rest even if it feels like you shouldn’t be resting.
(Note: You may hear me talking to the dogs I’m babysitting in this podcast. Ignore the sound effects. :D)
I talk about:
- Why resting can be selfish but it doesn’t have to be
- Why humans needs rest
- Why rest reminds me that God is powerful and I’m not
- What Jesus did when He went aside to rest
- Why rest fuels you for service
- My favorite forms of ways to rest
- Rest doesn’t have to be complicated ‘self care.’Scripture Passage References:
Isaiah 40:28-31, “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.’
Psalm 127:1-2, “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except theLord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.”
Deuteronomy 5:14, ‘But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thymanservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservantand thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.’
Sometimes rest can be: A simple short walk
Reading a book
Watching a fun cooking show
Reading your Bible and journaling Bible verses
Listening to a favorite podcast
Laying on the floor and just thinking about God’s goodness
Napping on the couch
There is no WRONG thing to do while resting.
So I’m encouraging you to take some rest, take some quiet time today, and remember that the Lord GIVES His beloved sleep and renews their strength.
Do you ever struggle with feeling guilty when you’re not ‘being productive?’