I am writing this post from the beach where I am relaxing and fellowshipping with friends for a few days. We are sitting on the balcony; drinking coffee and watching the dolphins cavort in the ocean. The ocean is clear, blue-green and there is a gentle breeze blowing. Can you close your eyes and imagine yourself here with us?
It is Sunday afternoon and I am trying to follow the good advice of everyone from God to the last book I read on personal time management and have one day where I am not driven to accomplish anything but instead I rest and rejuvenate. I am sitting on my screened porch; drinking iced tea and reading a book that I have been anticipating delving into for quite some time. Can you close your eyes and imagine yourself here with me?
The Importance of Scheduling Time to Rest
Rest, rejuvenate, revive, replenish. How often do you accomplish this goal? This is always on my list but it is a challenge to succeed. What is the purpose of this time? Not only does it renew our energy but it also gives focus and jumpstarts our lives in a very positive contemplative way. Can you schedule a regular time for this? Can you renew your spirit with fun and friends? Can you unplug from the routine, the technology, the constraints of your life on a regular basis? Resolve to take some time off each week during which you do not touch your computer, check your email or Facebook or worry with your schedule, routine or daily chores. How does that feel? Are you more creative? Energized? Relaxed? See what I mean? God had it right along.
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Genesis 2:2-3
The Benefits of Scheduling a Time of Rest
In my last post I wrote about coping with the stress of change. One way to accomplish this is to set aside time for rest and rejuvenation. Aside from the fact that it feels good to rest what are the benefits? There are several:
- It renews you mentally. Some of my most creative time is following a period of rest. Rest gives our brains a time to process the world around us.
- It renews you physically. Even the most active and athletic among us need a time for our bodies to rejuvenate and rebuild.
- It renews you spiritually. Restful times are times when we allow our spirit to be open to God’s message. So much of the time, our lives are filled with the noise of our technological industrial world. It takes a special mindset to tune-out the noise and tune in the quiet.
I hope you too schedule some time to relax, rejuvenate and refresh your spirit.
“Solitude well practiced will break the power of busyness, haste, isolation, and loneliness.” Dallas Willard
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