So after yesterday’s post, I’ve been thinking a lot about resting. This is something that is commanded that we do in the Scriptures, even in the big ten! We are to be the sabbath keeping people. We are to be the ones who work when it’s time, and to carve our sacred, holy rest. Why are we so bad at this?
There are any number of places where Christian faith is counter cultural, and this is a doozy. I think our American culture tells us that time is money, and so every second that can be given to our work can and should be. We should bring work home with us. We should work in coffee shops when we’re outside of work. We should work on the weekends. We should work as much as humanly possible. Work. Work. Work. Work. Because to not work is to lose money, and to lose money is to lose.
Perhaps this is why God wants us to take time out to rest. Perhaps God knew that we would want to run ourselves ragged. Perhaps God knew that every moment our hearts were engaged in our work (yes, even pastoral work) would be time that our hearts were not fully engaged with who God is. It’s not that you can’t think about God while you’re at work, but be honest, are you really giving it your all?
So for the rest of this week, I want to think about rest. What are the habits and activities that give us rest? How do we more fully live in to the rest that God provides? We’ll look at that in posts to come!