by Holy Host
With this being Memorial Day weekend, summer is just around the corner and many of you are planning on taking time off from work to spend sometime vacationing. That is a good thing.
In a down economy when some are out of work you might feel like now is not a good time to be taking a vacation but God calls you to work and God calls you to rest.
Knowing when you need down time, and taking it, is part of being a good and healthy employee. That is not to say that pushing yourself and being a hard worker isn’t valuable, working hard is an important part of life…it keeps you productive and keeps you from becoming a burden on those you love. Scripture addresses this:
Titus 3:14, “Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives.”
Even those who preached the gospel 2000 years ago worked hard to keep from becoming a burden on others.
1 Thessalonians 2:9, “Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you.”
So work is a necessity to provide for you and your family and to grow as a productive person in society. Hard work teaches you dedication, perseverance and discipline. However, there is such a thing as over working…but of course you already know that, right?
Often, new ideas and ways to be more productive come from seeing things from a new perspective while you are recharging your batteries.
This time of having rest is meant to reinvigorate you. Whatever work you do, you’re going to need down time: time with family, friends, and your God. This is time away that you need to restore yourself.
Be in that mindset as we approach summer where you, with vigor, jump into the state of restfulness just as you do for work.
Hebrews 4:11, “Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.”
If you only work and never rest you can become bitter and lose focus on what is important in life…be sure to know your own limits and know that if thing ever become to much of a burden to bear…give them over to God.
Know that if you push your heavy heart upon God, He will give you rest. Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”
Enjoy your rest, and reflect on your accomplishments and the accomplishments of others, remembering to do all things to the glory of God.